Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has unveiled Liquid Net, a new platform which enables network operators to share resources to meet unpredictable broadband demand while delivering services and content flexibly across the network, anywhere at any time.
Liquid Net allows an operator to set up it
s network to self-adapt to meet capacity and coverage requirements based on demand. The platform aims to significantly improve the quality of broadband services worldwide, thereby enabling operators to unleash the full potential of their existing business assets and create new revenue sources.
“Capacity in today’s conventional networks is typically frozen in separate places; at individual base station sites, in parts of the core network that manage voice and data services, or in the optical and IP transport networks,” said Marc Rouanne, NSN’s head of network systems.
The new solution comes at a time when broadband growth means networks must be ready to cope with personal data consumption of more than 1GB per mobile user per day, with the demand also highly unpredictable, fluctuating between locations at different times as people use broadband at home, at work and on the move.
Abrupt changes in broadband use can also occur when a new device software is launched, or updates to popular applications and over-the-top services are released, leaving operators no time to prepare.
“Each is a potential bottleneck to someone getting the broadband service they want at a particular moment. Fluctuating, unpredictable demand in one part of the network means huge chunks of capacity can be left idle elsewhere, making poor use of existing investments. For example, as much as 50 per cent of a conventional core network’s capacity can be dormant,” noted Rouanne, adding that instead, Liquid Net frees up frozen network capacity into a reservoir of resources that can flow to fulfill unpredictable demand, wherever and whenever people use broadband.
Liquid Net was therefore created to free-up unused capacity and allocate it instantly across the whole network wherever and whenever it is needed and uses automated, self-adapting broadband optimization to deliver services and content to ensure the best customer experience by always being aware of the network’s operational status and the services being consumed.
In addition, Liquid Net channels traffic in the transport network along the path of least resistance and lowest cost between operator sites. The solution further opens up new business opportunities for operators while at the same time helping to raise customer loyalty due to enhanced quality of service.