5G means a real revolution not only for users, but also for operators. The new technology that offers so much requires a completely new approach when designing the infrastructure and backbone. Therefore, Nokia announces a new solution, which is a server called AirFrame Open Edge. In fact, we are dealing here with a small data center that can be installed even at the base station itself.
Huge bandwidths and near zero latency of 5G networks require a reduction in the distance between the client device and the data processing site. The operators have been investing in cloud solutions and centralized data centers for a long time. Such solutions are aimed at reducing the costs of server room maintenance and improve the use of available equipment. However, they have one drawback. A backbone network that brings together all the most important elements in one place requires enormous bandwidth throughout the entire route between the base station and the data center. That’s why Nokia is preparing solutions dedicated to the edge cloud architecture, a cloud composed of seemingly small computing units that are located on the edge of the network. That is, close to the user, and more specifically to the base station used by the client.
Nokia AirFrame Open Edge is a revolution that forms the foundation for the construction of 5G
A similar strategy is already used by some service providers known to us from stationary solutions. For example, Netflix offers operators the option of installing a server on their network that will support traffic generated by customers of a given provider. Thanks to this, some operators are able to significantly reduce the amount of traffic generated on inter-operator links. Similar solutions will be used by mobile network operators. 5G networks will generate so much traffic that operator will have to close it, for example, within one city or a cluster of base stations. In specific cases, the server acting as a data center will be installed just next to the base station itself. Such a solution should meet the interest of operators who will want to provide quick 5G solutions at stadiums, shopping malls and other places where there are large groups of people.