Nokia said that it entered the $2 billion Diameter Signaling Control market with the launch of its Nokia Dynamic Diameter Engine (DDE), a cloud-based solution, which simplifies, scales and secures control plane traffic in mobile and fixed networks. Nokia claimed that its DDE is the industry's first virtualized solution to incorporate Nokia's Agile Rules Technology (A.R.T.). Backed by more than 150 patents, A.R.T. helps operators apply intelligent rules and ensure performance in complex signaling control scenarios.
Serving as a control plane "traffic cop," Nokia DDE prepares the network for the increase in connected things and complex new applications. The rules-based engine reduces operational expenses by allowing operators to quickly create and modify rules.
Nokia DDE can run on commercial off the shelf hardware but is designed to run in the Telco Cloud. It is integrated with Nokia's CloudBand portfolio that hosts, orchestrates, automates, and manages virtualized network functions and services. The virtualized deployment model reduces capex requirements and is easy to scale.
"There are plenty of established signaling control solutions that do the job as required today. However they typically are not built for virtualization and often lack the flexibility needed for the signaling requirements of IoT and VoLTE. In contrast, Nokia DDE was built for the Cloud and is ready to support emerging signaling requirements," Bhaskar Gorti, president of the Applications and Analytics Business Group at Nokia.
The Nokia DDE is a part of a growing portfolio of policy and charging products. Nokia DDE is deployed in the labs of a North American Tier 1 service provider and will be generally available in July 2016.
"Signaling traffic is escalating as new services, IoT devices and complex new use cases demand highly flexible and scalable handling. Operators must be able to vary control plane and signaling capacity instantly for new Diameter traffic flows. The only cost effective approach is for operators to virtualize their network signaling resources. Built for virtualization, the Nokia DDE Diameter signaling controller and its embedded Agile Rules Technology addresses the need for intelligent scalability and adds the extensibility of a Cloud-based solution,"
Sue Rudd, Director Service Provider Analysis at Strategy Analytics said.