Equinix, the world’s digital infrastructure company, has announced two separate partnerships with Nokia and Rakuten Mobile Singapore to advance mobile network services.
First, Equinix has been selected as a strategic supplier for the Worldwide Internet of Things Network Grid (WING) managed service by Nokia. This partnership will look to bring next-generation edge architectures and services to market, particularly as 5G is expected to increase the need for edge data centers.
“Nokia needed access to multiple markets and ecosystems to connect to network service providers and enterprises who want a play in the IoT space,” said Jim Poole, the VP of Equinix.
The intention of WING is to allow operators without an IoT footprint to gain fast entry to the IoT market or to help operators expand an existing IoT business.
“By directly connecting to Nokia WING, mobile network operators can capture business value across IoT, AI and security, with a connectivity strategy to support business transformation,” Mr. Poole added.
Nokia will leverage Equinix’s International Business Exchange data centers and Platform Equinix, the world’s largest global platform of interconnected data centers, to deploy core and edge nodes to support mobile, IoT and cloud connectivity at a global scale.
“Nokia WING offers a superior IoT service experience for operators through global network presence, unified orchestration and consistent service level agreements,” said Ankur Bhan, the Head of WING at Nokia.
With strong interconnectivity, businesses can make sure they adhere to local regulations like GDPR in Europe or the PDPA in parts of Asia. Equinix and Nokia anticipate the rapidly increasing need for data will build the need for localised data collection and analysis across cities and countries.
“This deal will support our efforts to manage IoT-related data analysis on a global basis,” Mr. Bhan added.
Nokia will use Equinix’s global data center footprint to enable mobile network operators to efficiently collect from, and distribute across, multiple networks and clouds. This is expected to provide lower latency infrastructures that will provide gigabit speeds required by advancing Industry 4.0 technologies and the ability to connect and collect data from billions of IoT devices.
Equinix and Rakuten Mobile to meet growing network services demand
Rakuten Mobile Singapore, a subsidiary of Rakuten Mobile, has selected Platform Equinix to build its foundation in delivering its Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP) to global operators and enterprise customers.
Rakuten envisions RCP to provide governments and enterprises with a secure, affordable and scalable way to meet growing global network services demands.
In Equinix’s Global Interconnection Index (GXI) Volume 3, the data center provider found interconnecting to multiple network providers across multiple edge locations is the most prominent use case for interconnection bandwidth, and is expected to grow by four times by 2022.
Rakuten’s RCP will offer a set of key technologies and services that allows governments, telecom companies and enterprises a way to easily build and deploy fully cloud-native network services at speed and low cost.
“Equinix’s global footprint, enterprise-grade facilities and strong network capabilities make it the ideal partner for us to bring the deployment of cloud-native mobile networks to telecom and enterprise companies around the world,” said Tareq Amin, the Chief Technology Officer for Rakuten Mobile
The deployment will be completed in phases, with initial deployment in Singapore, the location of Rakuten Mobile’s international headquarters as well as and Los Angeles.
“With Platform Equinix, Rakuten Mobile can take advantage of our global footprint and solid network ecosystems to deliver high-speed, low-latency and secure services to its customers around the globe,” said Justin Dustzadeh, the Chief Technology Officer for Equinix.
Equinix and Rakuten Mobile have future expansion plans for the US, EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.
Rakuten Mobile is the world’s first end-to-end cloud-native network operator, which launched a full 4G service deployment in Japan earlier this year and is scheduled to launch commercial 5G services later this year.
Rakuten Mobile will join Platform Equinix’s interconnected global ecosystem, with over 2,900 cloud service providers and 1,800 network service providers. Rakuten Mobile will also be able to deploy and connect virtual network services at the edge in minutes and on demand, addressing the dynamic interconnection bandwidth requirements and network spikes.
Earlier this week Equinix also announced a partnership with VMware to offer SD-WAN Edge on Equinix Network Edge, which can help companies deploy a digital ready infrastructure at the edge within minutes in order to accelerate their digital transformation efforts.