Nokia Introduces 3GPP-compliant Network Exposure Function for the 5G Core

Nokia, at the Innovation Day held at its Research and Development center in Bengaluru, India, has showcased its Network Exposure Function (NEF) for 5G Core. NEF will allow service providers to deliver an improved quality of experience for internet application and device provisioning, enabling a number of 5G use cases including Massive IoT, Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communication and Enhanced Mobile Broadband. It will be commercially available in the third quarter of 2019.

Nokia NEF is based on the 5G specifications released by the 3GPP standardization body. It is part of the 5G Core network function and securely exposes operators' assets to application developers in the enterprise and Over-The-Top (OTT) domain, enabling new services and business models allowing service providers to boost revenues. At the same time, subscribers will be able to enjoy best-in-class applications. It has been completely conceptualized at Nokia's Bengaluru R&D center in India and developed jointly with the Budapest R&D center in Hungary.

The annual Nokia Innovation Day event showcases Nokia's latest innovations and advances. It also brings together Nokia's partners from Bengaluru's technology ecosystem across academia, technology companies and start-ups. This year, Nokia demonstrated a wide spectrum of technologies under its event theme, '5G is Now, Intelligent Machines that connect the Next Billion'. These included Nokia Drone Networks, Immersive Presence, Cloud Base Station, NB-IoT applications, Analytics, Machine Learning and more, demonstrating innovative ideas that will be vital in paving the way for the successful deployment of 5G in India by 2020. Nokia NEF is part of the 5G Core portfolio of Nokia's Future X products. It paves the way for the implementation of the OpenAPI strategy.