Nokia has signed up its first communications service provider (CSP) that will use its application in container solutions.
Application containers enable the introduction of new services remotely from the network.
Arkansas-based operator, Kinetic by Windstream, provides high-speed broadband services across 18 states and will deploy the container framework on its Nokia Beacon 6 broadband devices that will be available to more than 300,000 customers.
The initial value-added service to subscribers is F-Secure’s cybersecurity and parental control solution from Kinetic by Windstream.
Why it is important
Typically, new services for in-home either need to be added to customer devices before shipments or require an entire device software upgrade for installation.
The application container framework is an isolated environment within its devices where applications can run using dedicated resources, such as CPU power and memory. This is without impacting normal router functions.
The container separates applications from the device operating system so the life cycle of the application can be managed directly by the operator using standard remote device management protocol, Nokia said. This works independently of the device’s software updates.
“We serve broadband customers in 18 states throughout America. Each customer has distinct requirements from cyber security to gaming optimization,” said Brian Ragsdale, director of product management at Kinetic by Windstream. “We are now able to provide these value-add services on an on-demand basis, directly to their existing broadband device. We plan on launching more subscriber services empowered by Nokia’s application container framework to meet the growing needs of end-users and create more stickiness to our Kinetic broadband services.”