Equinix partners with Nokia to provide production framework for testing 5G and edge solutions

CIOReviewIndia Team | Friday, 24 September 2021, 06:52 IST

Equinix partners with Nokia to provide production framework for testing 5G and edge solutionsDigital infrastructure company Equinix said it has deployed a 5G and Edge Technology Development Center which includes an operational non-standalone 5G network from Finnish telecoms gear maker Nokia to test and validate 5G services and use cases.

Equinix said it is further investing to help service providers and network operators with a production framework for assessing, incubating, and testing 5G and edge solutions for end-to-end secure applications.

Meanwhile, the Dallas-based Edge Technology Development Center will initially focus on use cases such as Mobile Hybrid Multicloud Connectivity, Network Slicing, Distribute Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, enabling orchestration of infrastructure, augmented virtual reality, and gaming.

The development center — located at the Equinix DA11 International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Dallas is a “production-ready interconnection sandbox environment from the radio network to the cloud,” as per Equinix, which will enable select ecosystem participants to develop end-to-end edge solutions.

“As we look to a future where 5G is ubiquitous, the way that IP traffic moves between networks around the world will change completely, and interconnected data centers will play a crucial role in this new 5G-dominated future,” said Sean Hemphill, VP Webscale Business at Nokia.

“Nokia IP solutions underpin Equinix Fabric, providing seamless interconnection between its global data centers,” Hemphill added.

Equinix Fabric dynamically connects distributed infrastructure and digital ecosystems. Customers can also establish data center-to-data center network connections on-demand between any two Equinix Fabric locations within a metro or globally via software-defined interconnection.

“With Equinix’s rich ecosystem of service providers, partners and clouds, the 5G and Edge Technology Development Center is an ideal place to fully test their concepts in a real way, enabling companies to bring new capabilities to market, accelerate adoption and deliver new revenue streams faster,” said Justin Dustzadeh, CTO, Equinix.

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