Nokia says Ava platform offers cognitive approach to solving network problems

Nokia said it has combined big data storage, intelligent analytics and "extreme" automation in a cloud-based platform that will cut the time taken to identify, and solve, network problems.

The vendor said its Ava platform offers operators a "cognitive approach" to network management that can predict potential problems and quickly resolve them, while also speeding the delivery of Nokia services throughout the network's lifecycle.

Nokia said the lifecycle pledge covers its care services, network implementation, network planning and optimisation, and managed services. The vendor promised that Ava's role will be expanded as it moves towards a cloud-based approach to delivering services, artificial intelligence, and contextualised delivery.

The company stated that Ava can ensure low latency, high throughput and high levels of network resilience -- features it said will be crucial in terms of enabling operators to move into new business areas in the connected world.

Igor Leprince, EVP of Global Services at Nokia, said the Ava platform will revolutionise delivery of the company's services. "It uses machine learning and predictive analytics to automatically provide intelligent services over the cloud to help operators boost the performance of networks and increase availability to unprecedented levels."

Such capabilities are "vital for operators wanting to meet the ever-rising needs of subscribers, win new IoT [Internet of Things] business and be ready for 5G," Leprince added.

Ava is not restricted solely to Nokia equipment. The vendor explained the cloud platform uses common KPIs that allow it to work on a range of multi-vendor equipment. The platform features a centralised big data collection and storage processing layer using sensors in the network and OSS, and cuts the time taken to deliver new services -- or shut down old services -- from a matter of weeks to hours.

The vendor said the platform can also reduce inter-system handovers by 20 per cent and boost data throughput by 37 per cent. The time taken to identify the root causes of anomalies can be accelerated by up to 93 per cent, Nokia added.

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