Nokia’s fifth-generation FP5 routing silicon provides protection against network security threats

Nokia has launched FP5, its fifth generation high-performance IP routing silicon. As the new core of Nokia’s IP service routing platforms, FP5 will enable service providers to meet today’s relentless demands to efficiently scale network capacity, enable new IP services at higher throughput and provide protection against escalating network security threats.

Building on four generations of network processors, Nokia is raising the bar by adding support for 800GE high-density routing interfaces, a 75% reduction in power consumption and new encryption capabilities based on integrated line rate streams.

As cloud architectures, 5G, and Industry 4.0 continue to drive network transformation, service providers are demanding mission-critical IP networks to be increasingly secure, agile, and sustainable. IP networks must provide guaranteed high performance and integrity in the face of growing threats from network-level attacks and security breaches.

They must also be able to adapt to cope with unforeseen changes and to support the evolution of services throughout the lifetime of the network. Additionally, IP networking equipment must become increasingly energy efficient to minimize environmental impact.

With the introduction of Nokia’s fifth-generation FP5 network processing silicon, Nokia is releasing a new suite of IP routing solutions to help service providers transform mission-critical IP networks to meet these new and ever-changing requirements.

Nokia has long been at the forefront of providing an integrated approach to IP network security. With FP4, the company has transformed volumetric DDoS defense with router-based detection and mitigation. FP5 brings an additional layer of network protection with the introduction of “ANYsec”, a new stream-based, line-rate encryption capability built directly into the chipset.

ANYsec supports the delivery of secure IP services, including MPLS and segment routing, on demand and at scale without affecting performance or energy efficiency. Service providers can now guarantee the integrity and confidentiality of all data flowing through their networks.

With FP5, Nokia brings a generational leap in router network capability to the market. Nokia services router platforms are the first to support 800GE high-density, 1.6 Tbps clear-channel routing interfaces for applications such as mobile transport, IP core, peering, BNG and the provider edge. The new FP5-based line cards will support 14.4 Tbps (19.2 Tbps with Nokia’s smart aggregation capability). .

Nokia’s FP5 network processors reduce power consumption per bit by 75%. As FP5 is backwards compatible with FP4 and fully integrated into the latest versions of Nokia’s Service Router Operating System (SR OS), all existing features are supported from day one on the new hardware. Through this aligned strategy of hardware and software evolution, Nokia offers its customers unparalleled and long-lasting investment protection.

As a fully programmable network processor, the FP5 provides the agility to scale the network as standards and applications change. Its deterministic performance combined with rich telemetry information enables network operators to run a maintainable and usable IP network now and in the future.

Neil McRae, BT Managing Director and Chief Architect, said: “BT has a long-standing relationship with Nokia, and we are delighted to see that with FP5, Nokia continues to innovate to ensure IP networks have the scale, flexibility and functionality needed to help us stay ahead of the growing demand from our residential, mobile and business customers. In particular, we are very pleased to see the focus on power optimization as we grow our network, with BT and Nokia committing to significantly reduce their carbon footprint. Over the past 18 months, our lives have been turned upside down, our reliance on networks has increased dramatically, and reliability for customers is of paramount importance. As security is increasingly important to our customers, seeing Nokia’s approach to integrating more security features into the platform is fantastic.

Hiroyuki Oto, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Core Network Development Department, NTT DOCOMO, INC., said, “Our network must continue to evolve to meet the demands of our consumers, communities and businesses. With the latest generation of silicon innovations from Nokia and their focus on providing investment protection with the flexibility to adapt to new requirements, we believe Nokia provides the right foundation to ensure that IP networks can evolve and transform effectively to stay ahead of ever-changing market demands. ”

Christian Gacon, Vice President, Broadband Networks, Orange France, said: “We have had a long relationship with Nokia since the very first version of the silicon processor. As our network continues to evolve to meet our customers’ demands, innovations such as Nokia’s FP5 silicon will allow us to balance capacity, maintainability and security to deliver the best customer experience. Introducing this exciting innovation into existing platforms will allow us to scale our networks gracefully as we seek to manage planned and unplanned demands in a sustainable way.

Ray Mota, CEO and Principal Analyst, ACG Research, said, “Nokia is back on track and showing its understanding and commitment to service providers, which has been key to its #1 momentum gain in the global mobile phone market. $12 billion service providers. With the introduction of its fifth generation FP5 routing silicon, we believe Nokia is well positioned to continue to be a supplier of choice for service providers looking to evolve their IP networks to become more agile, efficient and secure. while ensuring investment protection. ”

Federico Guillén, President of Network Infrastructure, Nokia, said: “Of all the things that surprise human beings, perhaps the most surprising is our ability to be surprised. Our customers demand that their networks be robust, agile and adaptable enough to handle whatever life throws at them, from disruptive security threats to a global pandemic. FP5 is a significant step forward in performance, security and efficiency and, in combination with our software excellence and investments in automation and networking tools, it opens the next chapter in Nokia’s longstanding leadership in in IP networks and innovation in silicon IP.

Platforms based on Nokia FP5 will be available from the first half of 2022.

Kevin M. Risinger