Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain – February 25, 2013
Biggest transformation in the role of the base station since launch of GSM 22 years ago
Nokia Siemens Networks is fundamentally changing the role of the base station in the mobile network. Since the launch of GSM in 1991, the mobile – or cellular – base station has been the part of the network that just transmits and receives radio signals to create a connection with a mobile phone or device. Now, Nokia Siemens Networks is turning the base station into an intelligent part of a mobile operator’s network, to serve and deliver local content.
Rather than being just part of a commoditized data bit-pipe, Nokia Siemens Networks is turning the base station into a place where any type of content and data can not only be stored but also take advantage of knowing where and why people are using their smartphones and tablets. By placing useful information right at the edge of their networks, at the point where people connect, operators can deliver a far better service and increase the efficiency of their network.
The new innovation from Nokia Siemens Networks is called Liquid Applications.
It allows application data to flow across their networks to base stations where it can be delivered instantly to local subscribers. For example, information about the area surrounding the base station, such as that used in augmented reality applications, or news and video content that is trending across an operators network, can be placed at the base station for instant local access to connected devices.
Liquid Applications are enabled by the company’s new Radio Applications Cloud Server (RACS)*. In an industry-first, the RACS enables localized processing, content storage, and access to real-time radio and network information in the base station. By turning base stations into local hubs for service creation and delivery, Liquid Applications helps operators offer a service experience that is local and personal. It works hand in hand with existing charging, messaging and location-based services and is part of Nokia Siemens Networks’ Liquid Broadband portfolio.
“Liquid Applications redefines the role of the base station and will transform the mobile broadband experience,” said Marc Rouanne, head of Mobile Broadband, Nokia Siemens Networks. “The beauty of Liquid Applications is in the simplicity of using information that has always been there in the network, to fundamentally change the definition of personalized service and shatter forever the perception of the network as ‘just a bit-pipe”. Liquid Applications will drive innovation and new business models across the mobile industry.”
Gabriel Brown, senior telecoms industry analyst for Heavy Reading, said: “Exposing applications and services to real-time network data (e.g. cell congestion, radio link quality) from inside the base station enables improvements to performance and service quality. Also placing services close to the user is a step toward creating a network architecture that prepares mobile operators for content-heavy, performance-orientated service models that will be critical to competitive advantage in the future.”
Liquid Applications is a key component of Nokia Siemens Networks’ Liquid Broadband portfolio, which also comprises end-to-end Quality of Service (QoS) Differentiation** and operator Content Delivery Network (CDN)***. Liquid Broadband provides capabilities to intelligently deliver personalized services to subscribers. End-to-end QoS Differentiation enables operators to prioritize mobile broadband traffic and fine-tune services according to user profiles and applications. With the operator CDN, operators can allocate network resources whenever and wherever required to control the delivery of content right down to the user device. This ensures that the content is delivered with the right priority, in the right format and at the right time.
Our global services expertise ensures excellent network performance and experience by helping implement, integrate and optimize all three key components of the Liquid Broadband solutions.
A picture showing unique personalized experience with Liquid Applications is available here.
Network operators, customers, press and analysts are welcome to see a demonstration on Liquid Applications at the Nokia Siemens Networks Solution Experience Center, Hall 3, B314 at Mobile World Congress 2013, Fira Gran Via, in Barcelona, Spain.
To learn more about Nokia Siemens Networks’ advances and innovations in Liquid Broadband and Liquid Applications, please join our #1GBperday$ webinar on March 6, 2013. Registration for all the #1GBperday$ webinars is open now: www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com/1GBperday
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*RACS takes the latest IT technology, in particular, cloud technology and service creation capabilities on standard IT middleware, into the base station. It can be added to a Flexi Multiradio Base Station via an extension kit (FBXA) or directly as a plug-in unit within the Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station.
**End-to-end quality of service (QoS) differentiation keeps network traffic flowing smoothly at busy times by allocating different priorities to traffic from different users and applications. At Mobile World Congress Nokia Siemens Networks is demonstrating its QoS differentiation solution that provides end-to-end differentiation in both 3G and LTE networks.
The solution operates in heavily loaded networks when requests to use the network exceed the available capacity. It prioritizes data traffic according to subscription agreements to divide resources fairly.
Different priorities can be allocated dynamically to different user segments or applications depending on the network load. The Nokia Siemens Networks’ QoS-aware scheduler allows QoS priorities to be changed even during a data session and can maintain a particular bit rate regardless of other simultaneous upload and download sessions. It simultaneously schedules different bitrates and measures the load every 2 milliseconds.
***CDN: A content delivery network (CDN) specializes on serving content to end-users with high availability and high performance. The Nokia Siemens Networks Operator CDN solution leverages capabilities from the mobile networks to optimize the delivery of content to the end users, offering a better experience while utilizing more efficiently the network resources.