Nokia has deployed the country's first hybrid cloud core network in Bangladesh and migrated the data of Grameenphone's 7.2 crore mobile phone subscribers to the platform.
This is Nokia's largest ever migration of customer data to a cloud core platform, according to the officials of the Finnish company.
Nokia deployed the solution in two cities in Bangladesh as part of an agreement with GP's parent company, Telenor, the company said in a statement yesterday.
“This partnership will make Grameenphone's core network ready for 5G,” Rashed Haque, head of the Bangladesh customer business team at Nokia, told The Daily Star.
“The partnership will help Grameenphone introduce 5G services quickly when the licence is awarded.” It will also leverage the evolution towards a consolidated environment combining telecom and IT data centres or infrastructure, Haque added.
Under the agreement, Nokia will move all of Telenor's Asia subsidiaries to a cloud core platform, located in their respective countries of operation. The deal will simplify the way new technologies and services are introduced, allowing GP to attract new subscribers.
Through this process GP will transform itself into a digital service provider and better address the evolving needs of its subscribers, Haque said. Rade Kovacevic, chief technology officer of GP, said they are delighted by the successful migration of user data to the Nokia cloud UDC platform.
“Nokia completed the project within a challenging timeline – even migrating 31 million subscribers over one night – and Grameenphone will continue to leverage the company's expertise and cloud technology in our journey to become a digital service provider to drive further operational efficiencies.”