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BARCELONA -- 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. In a separate release: BARCELONA -- Nokia Siemens Networks and IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today a collaboration to deliver the world’s first mobile edge computing platform that can run applications directly within a mobile base station. This new platform allows mobile operators to create a truly unique mobile experience, relieve the ever increasing strain on network infrastructure and bring completely new solutions to market. The new platform can accelerate the delivery of media-rich services by delivering content directly from the base station, ensuring enhanced quality of experience for consumers in the face of ever increasing data traffic growth. The platform also enables a new generation of low-latency services with device presence to be delivered to consumers, creating new possibilities for mobile gaming, augmented reality, smarter traffic and public safety offerings, and more. Improved latency can enable high-value vertical solutions that rely on big data-driven analytics to work on very large amounts of information in real time. For example, IBM’s City in Motion solution can analyze radio information to estimate how people are moving through a city, identify their mode of transport, and configure a cities transport network in real time to ensure optimum performance. To see a demonstration at Mobile World Congress, visit IBM (Hall 3, booth 3B86) or Nokia Siemens Networks (Hall 3, booth 3B14) at the show. Nokia Siemens Networks Liquid Applications and IBM’s WebSphere Application Service Platform for Networks (ASPN) together provide an environment for operators to manage the many applications that will be deployed to the mobile edge. Liquid Applications is part of Nokia Siemens Networks Liquid Broadband framework enabling a unique interaction between a mobile subscriber’s smart device, their applications and the mobile network. The company’s Radio Applications Cloud Server (RACS) is fully integrated with the Nokia Siemens Networks’ Flexi Multiradio Base Station and features access to real-time network data that has never been exploited before. RACS integrates IBM’s ASPN platform and provides a standards-based cloud runtime environment, and is designed to allow mobile operators to deploy, run and integrate applications to the mobile edge. “Liquid Applications is set to redefine the mobile broadband experience,” said Dirk Lindemeier, head of Liquid Net at Nokia Siemens Networks. “It creates a completely new base for innovation in an increasingly commoditized connectivity market and enables the creation of new value from mobile networks.” Nokia Siemens Networks

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