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NSN builds on Liquid Applications to create faster, more personal content and services #MWC14

by david.nunes

Espoo, Finland – February 13, 2014

NSN builds on Liquid Applications to create faster, more personal content and services #MWC14

  • Extends Liquid Broadband family of solutions for efficient content delivery plus network value-add
  • Utilizes cloud technology to enhance services including video and Voice over LTE
  • Offers advanced services for smarter applications and content management
  • Allows voice and data applications to be optimized individually for every subscriber

Nokia Solutions and Networks is enhancing its Liquid Applications* for accelerated content delivery and real-time utilization of network information by making use of advanced cloud technology within the base station. These new capabilities enable exciting new classes of services for consumers, enterprises and other market segments. The company is also further extending its Liquid Broadband portfolio to address all aspects of content delivery from voice to video as networks evolve to all IP. NSN’s new Services for OTT management helps operators improve the delivery of OTT content, resulting in improved customer experience. For enhanced voice services, NSN is bringing to the market the first telco cloud based IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), which helps operators transition to Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services rapidly and efficiently.

“NSN continues to evolve and enhance the company’s Liquid Applications solution to create even more value for wireless operators,” said Ed Gubbins, Senior Analyst for Mobile Access Infrastructure at Current Analysis. “Some interesting new use cases for Liquid Applications include mobile edge video analytics and instantly available video clips at events or stadiums. It is also interesting to see how NSN is making use of winning submissions from the Innovation Competition the company held last year.”

Liquid Applications’ new capabilities focus on three areas:

  • Building entirely new types of real-time services delivered from the base station
    Examples include instant video replays at sports venues delivered to nearby subscribers, high speed and secure access to corporate intranets, or video surveillance and advanced analytics running in the base station to improve urban transport systems. Liquid Applications’ distributed cloud capabilities coupled with NSNs AppFactory** allow for agile application development and deployment in very short cycles.
  • Accelerating content delivery to improve customer experience
    NSN’s Liquid Applications run on the ground-breaking Radio Application Cloud Server (RACS) within the base stations. The company is now extending the software capabilities of RACS with advanced content acceleration and optimization as well as enabling storage of third-party content. Serving content directly from the base station cuts time-to-content by up to 80 percent and reduces backhaul traffic by up to 25 percent.
  • Improving network operations and gaining new insights into customer behavior
    NSN is introducing RACS-based agents in the base station that collect and process network data in real-time. By using tools such as NSN’s Service Quality Manager to analyze this data, operators can gain deeper insight into user actions and preferences. They can pinpoint precisely how to utilize the available network capacity to best effect and tailor services based on user preferences and location.

“The enhancements we have announced today bring Liquid Applications to life, demonstrating how the power of distributed computing can totally transform the delivery of content and wow the mobile users,” said Dirk Lindemeier, business product manager for Liquid Applications at NSN. “Operators can take advantage of insights generated in the base stations to find out where and how people use mobile services, and to offer them a completely personalized and contextualized mobile broadband experience.”

Today, NSN is also launching its Services for OTT management, a new set of network planning and optimization services that help operators improve the delivery of third-party content. For example, NSN decreased video buffering by 30 percent for an operator in Asia Pacific, and enabled an Eastern European operator to deliver a YouTube video experience that was far superior to those of its rivals. Building on research and testing carried out by NSN Smart Labs***, Services for OTT management can also help manage the impact of smart devices and OTT applications on an operator’s network. NSN service experts first analyze the situation and then recommend appropriate actions to improve network performance and boost customer experience. These may include optimizing parameters, introducing new software features, or for instance, deploying an additional Liquid Applications server to accelerate the delivery of OTT content in traffic hotspots.

Linked to the provision of high value applications and content, NSN is the first vendor to launch a fully virtualized and stack-independent telco cloud based IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), helping operators streamline their transition to VoLTE. NSN’s optimized IMS infrastructure and the inherently versatile as well as scalable cloud implementation for VoLTE allow high-quality voice calls in the LTE network to be seamlessly transferred to the 2G or 3G network where LTE coverage is not yet available. Operators can also take advantage of the flexible IMS infrastructure to launch additional services and build a more comprehensive multimedia communications portfolio for their customers.

To learn more about these enhanced capabilities of Liquid Applications and network optimization, network operators, customers, press and analysts are welcome to visit NSN’s Experience Center in Hall 3, 3B10 at Mobile World Congress, Fira Gran Via, in Barcelona, Spain.

We invite you to watch a video and follow our launches on www.nsn.com/performance, and register for the #NSNperformance webinar series starting on March 13, 2014.

For updates during the event, follow @NSNtweets on Twitter and join the discussion using #MWC14, #NSNperformance and #LiquidApplications. For expert insights, visit our blog.

As in previous years, NSN will hold a media and analyst briefing at Hesperia Tower, Gran Via 144, Barcelona at 7:15 PM CET on Sunday, February 23. The briefing is for accredited journalists and industry analysts only.

About NSN

Nokia Solutions and 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 120 countries and had net sales of approximately 11.3 billion euros in 2013. NSN is wholly owned by Nokia Corporation.


* Liquid Applications redefines the role of the base station by including Radio Applications Cloud Server functionality and using that to get applications, services and content closer to mobile subscribers. As well as faster, more responsive services, mobile subscribers will enjoy more individual experiences that meet their needs, location and social preferences
** NSN AppFactory supports the end-to-end application lifecycle for Liquid Applications, from initial engagement with partners to development support and application certification, until publication of certified applications as base for deployment in operator networks.
*** NSN Smart Labs collaborate with the wider mobile ecosystem, advising vendors about what is needed to create the best possible customer experience and network performance.

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