As 5G technology rolls out, Nokia recently announced two new SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) services in the areas of security and analytics to give communication service providers (CSPs) and enterprises a more flexible and cost-effective way to service their customers and to operate and monetize their networks.

Raghav Sahgal, President of Cloud and Network Services at Nokia, said: “Adopting Nokia AVA NWDAF and iSIM Secure Connect through the SaaS model will greatly improve the time-to-value that CSPs and enterprises can realize by having on-demand access to services. These latest Nokia SaaS services strengthen our leadership position in helping our customers change the very foundation of how our industry does business.”

Nokia’s new services follow its recent entry into SaaS that helps CSPs and enterprises accelerate the time to value they receive from their services offered by moving away from customized, on-premise software that requires a complex, expensive infrastructure to be installed.

Karl Whitelock, Research Vice President, Communications Service Provider Operations & Monetization at IDC, said: “To fully tap the wealth of opportunities that advanced 5G services offer, communication service providers and enterprises need new deployment models that enable faster service delivery to customers in a smarter, more cost-effective manner. Solution suppliers such as Nokia with its new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) security and analytics services, are turning to SaaS as a means for helping the telecom space modernize and monetize investments faster.”

SIM-based technologies, such as embedded SIM (eSIM) and integrated SIM (iSIM), allow users to manage multiple subscription profiles remotely for mobile network authentication. Through iSIM Secure Connect, eSIM/iSIM management can be automated, providing opportunities to monetize services linked to trusted digital identities.

Nokia’s iSIM Secure Connect, which is delivered as a SaaS solution, allows enterprise customers and CSPs to manage eSIM- and iSIM-enabled device subscriptions securely. Nokia is enhancing its AVA offering with a SaaS offering based on NWDAF (Network Data Analytics Function) as part of the 5G Standalone architecture as 5G networks have become more complex.

As a result of Nokia AVA NWDAF, network operations are enhanced through AI/ML-driven closed-loop automation, customer experience is enhanced, and new revenue streams are generated. In addition to implementing 3GPP-defined analytics services, AVA NWDAF helps CSPs create partnerships with software developers through its distributed architecture and open APIs.

The AVA NWDAF will become commercially available in a SaaS implementation later this quarter. Nokia will offer iSIM Secure Connect as a SaaS later this year, and other deployment models will remain available to customers as well. Both Nokia’s NetGuard Cybersecurity Dome and Nokia Anomaly Detection, which were both announced in November 2021, will be available this quarter. NetGuard’s Cybersecurity Dome helps telecommunications service providers manage and monetize 5G networks while Nokia’s Anomaly Detection aims to detect and remediate network anomalies before they negatively affect customers.