Nokia migrates its setup from 5G NSA to 5G SA

The global O-RAN Spring Plugfest is under way

Nokia sent some of its engineers to the i14y Lab in Berlin to migrate the current systems from an initial 5G NSA (signaling tethered to a 4G core) to a full 5G SA setup, including a Spirent 5G Core simulator. Nokia has two racks installed in the i14y Lab, made of Near-RT RIC servers and gNBs as a platform to support the integration and test of 3rd party xApps. In addition, the change to a 5G SA architecture will allow for a whole new set of services compared to 5G NSA.

Nokia migrates its setup from 5G NSA to 5G SA
"In general, this is the next step. Before it was non-standalone, which means everything was driven by 4G core. And now we are going towards standalone deployment with the introduction of the new Spirent 5G core. The setup as such was successful. There is some tuning required, but with this configuration we will be open for 3rd App deployment, which is mainly focusing on 5G standalone infrastructure."
Peter Muschiol
Senior Network Planning Engineer, Nokia

This action supports the i14y Lab’s ambition to curate industry wide cooperation within an open ecosystem that is ready to shape the future of 5G.


These efforts by Nokia and the consortium partners center around the framework defined by the O-RAN Alliance to enhance efficiency of the tests conducted by offering a close to optimal environment for companies who want to put their gear under test.


The upcoming O-RAN Spring PlugFest is a fantastic opportunity for the i14y Lab to promote its capabilities as a test environment for interoperability and disaggregated networks across the telecom industry worldwide.

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