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Press Release -- February 20th, 2012
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks opens Smart Lab in Silicon Valley

Mobile World Congress 2012,
Barcelona, Spain – February 20, 2012

Newest mobile broadband lab supports app developers, device and OS vendors, operators

Nokia Siemens Networks has opened a flagship mobile broadband testing and development facility in the heart of Silicon Valley. The company’s newest Smart Lab allows US-based operators, smartphone and operating system (OS) vendors, and application developers to analyze application and device performance across ‘live’ mobile network environments, including LTE. The lab aims to find the ideal balance between the best user experience and the lowest impact on network performance.

The lab benefits from the company’s new Smart Lab Performance Advisor, a reporting dashboard that provides instant insights into app and device behavior. The Smart Lab Performance Advisor facilitates the evaluation process at Nokia Siemens Networks Smart Labs. Each application and device tested is ranked by comparing test results to a database of network performance indicators*. Operators can use this ranking to get a thorough understanding of application and device impact, and achieve the most effective network configuration to minimize such impact.

Nokia Siemens Networks will be demonstrating its Smart Lab Performance Advisor aimed at improving the overall mobile broadband experience at MWC 2012.

All Nokia Siemens Networks Smart Labs are equipped with an end-to-end network where the dependencies between mobile broadband technologies, smartphones and tablets, applications and services like Voice over IP, mobile video or social media can be tested and evaluated. The company collaborates with all stakeholders in the mobile ecosystem at these labs, advising them on how to further optimize network and application performance.

“Smartphones with always-connected applications introduce a new type of network behavior, and increase volatility in mobile broadband demand,” said Jan Hellman, head of Smart Labs at Nokia Siemens Networks. “This can considerably increase signaling traffic and drastically reduce smartphone battery life, and thus impact user experience. Our Smart Labs provide the world’s leading mobile broadband testing facilities and collaboration with other industry players allowing us to better advise our customers on how to make their networks more smartphone friendly.”

“Our Smart Labs and Smart Labs Performance Advisor reflect our growing commitment to help operators get concrete insights on how to resolve these issues,” Hellman said.

The company’s new Smart Lab Performance Advisor will be demonstrated at Nokia Siemens Networks’ “Let’s talk” zone at MWC 2012. In addition to the new Silicon Valley site, the company has Smart Labs in Finland, South Korea and France, as well as a second lab in USA.**

To share your thoughts on the topic, join the discussion on Twitter using #MWC12, #smartphone and #mobilebroadband.

Available pictures:
Smart Labs – analyzing app and device performance (1)
Smart Labs – analyzing app and device performance (2)
Smart Labs – analyzing app and device performance (3)

About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.

With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 150 countries and had revenues of over 14 billion euros in 2011.

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*Network performance indicators include parameters such as network signaling load, network data load, battery consumption and TCP/UDP connections, which impact smartphone user experience.

**Nokia Siemens Networks operates Smart Labs on three continents and in four countries – Dallas and Silicon Valley in USA; Espoo in Finland; Seoul in South Korea; and Paris in France.

For more information about Nokia Siemens Networks Smart Lab Performance Advisor and Smart Labs, see the company’s website.

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