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Monday, September 26, 2011

NSN unveils Liquid Net

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has unveiled a new product tagged ‘Liquid Net,’ which is the company’s new way to deliver broadband.
Head, Network Systems at Nokia Siemens Networks, Mr. Marc Rouanne, said that Liquid Net allows an operator to set up its network to self-adapt to meet capacity and coverage requirements based on demand.

The new approach, he also said, aims at significantly improving the quality of broadband services worldwide.

“With Liquid Net, operators can unleash the full potential of their existing business assets and create new revenue sources,” he said.

As said by him, spectacular broadband growth means networks must be ready to cope with personal data consumption of more than 1 Giga Byte (GB) per mobile user per day.

“Demand is also highly unpredictable, fluctuating between locations at different times as people use broadband at home, at work and on the move,” he said.

Stressing that abrupt changes in broadband use could also occur when, for instance, new device software is launched or updates to popular applications and over-the-top services are released, leaving operators no time to prepare.

“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,” he said.

Rouanne said each is a potential bottleneck to someone getting the broadband service they want at a particular moment, adding that fluctuating and unpredictable demand in one part of the network means huge chunks of capacity could be left idle elsewhere, making poor use of existing investments.

He gave an example, saying that as much as 50 per cent of a conventional core network’s capacity could be dormant.

He noted that instead, Liquid Net unleashes frozen network capacity into a reservoir of resources that could flow to fulfill unpredictable demand, wherever and whenever people use broadband.

He maintained that Nokia Siemens Networks has created Liquid Net to free-up unused capacity and allocate it instantly across the whole network wherever and whenever it is needed.

“Liquid Net 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,” he said.

Additionally, Liquid Net channels traffic in the transport network along the path of least resistance and lowest cost between operator sites.

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