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imes have been tough for Nokia. Even in its hey­day, Black­Berry’s hand­set mar­ket was fo­cused around busi­ness users. Nokia, on the other hand, were the undis­puted heavy­weight cham­pion in the world in the con­sumer space, be­fore be­ing forced to sell its whole De­vices and Ser­vices di­vi­sion to Mi­crosoft in late 2013. Less than two years later, even the Mi­crosoft ma­chine couldn’t re­vive the Nokia hard­ware busi­ness, in turn writ­ing off US$7.6 bil­lion the Nokia deal and cut­ting thou­sands of jobs.

Nokia it­self hasn’t thrown in the towel yet how­ever. Yes, Nokia is still in the busi­ness, be­ing a 150-year-old Fin­nish com­pany that ini­tially started in un­re­lated in­dus­tries such

Tas wood-pulp­ing and rub­ber be­fore start­ing in early telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion - when the tele­graph was the hottest thing around. Nokia is cer­tainly ver­sa­tile, and its sights are now set on the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion busi­ness once again with Nokia Net­works work­ing on the Nokia Air­Frame Data Cen­ter So­lu­tion.

If you’re not privy to the telco busi­ness, sim­ply think of it as coded mes­sages trav­el­ing on a medium. If we com­pare smoke sig­nals to the tele­graph, it is easy to ap­pre­ci­ate that telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion has vastly im­proved over cen­turies with the help of tech­nol­ogy. Typ­i­cal telco net­works in­volve dif­fer­ent end-points (called ter­mi­nal nodes) be­ing able to trans­mit cor­rect mes­sages to the cor­rect re­cip­i­ents with the use of link­age and in­ter­me­di­ate notes.

Fast for­ward to mod­ern-day telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion, we now use fiber op­tics, com­mu­ni­ca­tion satel­lites and many other forms of chan­nels that can send huge amounts of data at un­be­liev­able speeds. For cloud com­mu­ni­ca­tion, it in­volves the use of In­ter­net in­fra­struc­ture, pro­vid­ing servers for ap­pli­ca­tions and ser­vices that need these servers to trans­mit voice and data. The com­po­nents that use cloud - such as fron­tend plat­forms (es­sen­tially your mo­bile de­vices and more), back-end plat­forms (stor­age and servers that do all the heavy-lift­ing) and the In­ter­net it­self - are all treated as com­po­nents of cloud com­put­ing ar­chi­tec­ture.

We had the op­por­tu­nity to speak with Stan Fiala, Nokia Net­work’s very own Head of Ad­vanced Cus­tomer So­lu­tions for Asia Pa­cific & Ja­pan to un­der­stand just where the Nokia Air­Frame Data Cen­ter So­lu­tion comes in. Nat­u­rally, when a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion gi­ant claims that they can “com­bine IT’s best prac­tice with ex­ist­ing cloud ar­chi­tec­ture to

Nokia pur­ports that there are ad­van­tages to cloud com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and it can re­sult in us­ing less hard­ware to achieve the same ef­fi­ciency.

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