Light Reading

NSN Turns Up Pre-MWC Volume

Ray Le Maistre
2/20/2014
100%
0%

It might seem hard to believe, but it's only hours until tens of thousands of mobile industry mavens descend on Barcelona's Fira showgrounds for Mobile World Congress 2014.

With thousands of companies attending and wanting to grab the attention of existing and potential customers and partners, the marketing and PR machines run into overtime in an effort to attract MWC visitors to certain stands, meeting rooms, and tapas bars.

Nokia Networks (NSN) is one of the companies that hasn't waited for MWC to open its doors before unveiling its latest developments. The vendor has been pumping out its mobile infrastructure and service provider IT (SPIT) product and strategy updates for the past few weeks to update the market on its portfolio developments. (See NSN Preps Portfolio Update at MWC.)

The vendor has a number of particular areas of its mobile broadband-focused business it has been enhancing. Here are the highlights:

LTE-Advanced. NSN has extended the aggregation capabilities of its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations and Flexi Zone Micro/Pico base stations to three carriers, enabling theoretical downlink speeds of up to 450 Mbit/s, made possible by the aggregation of three 20 MHz channels. Phil Twist, Head of Portfolio Marketing at NSN, says these capabilities have been developed for global commercial rollout as a result of the carrier-aggregation work the vendor has done with operators in South Korea. Twist notes that coordinated macro/small cell interference management and load-balancing capabilities can enable a network capacity boost of up to 30% in LTE-Advanced networks.

Small cell expansion. NSN has also expanded its small cell portfolio, adding an indoor pico cell that the vendor claims has the same capabilities as a macro cell, and also managed by the same software. It has also added LTE TDD and WiFi support to the portfolio, and developed a software version of its small cell controller that can be loaded onto a base station, enabling that base station to manage multiple small cells as if they were a single cell. So is there any demand for public=access small cells currently from mobile operators? “Operators need to be prepared now, but the business case is restricted, though we expect it to become a commercial opportunity in the future… it’s just a matter of when. Currently, the macro network is still good enough,” notes Twist. (See NSN Expands Flexi Zone Small Cells Portfolio and Know Your Small Cell: Home, Enterprise, or Public Access?)

4G interference control. The vendor's Smart Scheduler tool, which can be integrated into NSN's base station platform, has been upgraded to enable coordinated scheduling between adjacent base stations (whether FDD or TDD 4G LTE), an enhancement that can help boost downlink speeds by up to 30% at the edge of a cell, according to the vendor.

Centralized RAN. This links multiple LTE base stations to work directly with one another to reduce interference between neighboring cells. In addition, NSN has added new features to its Liquid Radio software that migrates smartphone users onto 4G connections more quickly, even in mid-session, to free up 3G capacity and make more efficient use of LTE capacity. (See NSN Unveils Centralized RAN.)

Predictive network operations. NSN has made use of some analytics smarts to add "Predictive Operations" to its managed services offerings. The service, based around what NSN calls a "self-learning analysis engine," has been designed to identify mobile broadband network problems in advance of any outage or service degradation. NSN believes it is breaking the mold here by anticipating problems, rather than reacting to them.

Liquid apps. NSN got excited about this development -- the integration of an application server blade into its base stations -- a year ago, and with some reason. “We launched this a year ago and have undertaken a trial with SK Telecom. Now we’re working with multiple operators -- in the double-figures -- and the tests have proven everything we could have hoped for and more,” says Twist. That’s not its only hosted apps news -- NSN is now also offering a commercial cloud-based IMS that supports VoLTE services, which, NSN believes, can help operators provide better next-gen multimedia service than the OTT players. (See SK Telecom Completes Liquid Applications Proof-of-Concept and NSN: Understanding Liquid Applications.)

Virtualized OSS. This is one that could get the network ops team excited -- NSN says its centrally-hosted OSS system enables an operator to update the configuration of up to 10,000 base stations in just a few minutes instead of decades (or some very long time, at least). Hosting the OSS in the cloud also means that the management software can be hosted in more than one location, providing instant back-up if a network operations center goes offline. (See NSN Enhances Its Virtualized OSS.)

Customer experience management (CEM). Twist says NSN has developed a series of measurements that can be extracted from its CEM system that delivers a close match to a Net Promoter Score, which measures customer loyalty and the extent to which consumers are willing (or unwilling) to recommend a product or service to their friends and family.

In effect, NSN is saying an operator can derive a close approximation to a Net Promoter Score without having to seek feedback from customers -- a timely and costly process. It can judge what changes it needs to make to its marketing, customer care, and even some network settings to improve overall customer experience levels. As a result of these and other enhancements, Twist believes NSN can outperform any other mobile infrastructure vendor in terms of like-for-like network performance.

That could make for some interesting discussions on the MWC show floor. Let the battle commence…

— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

(3)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Ray@LR
50%
50%
Ray@LR,
User Rank: Blogger
2/21/2014 | 8:00:36 AM
Re: Not doing justice
You mean the Cloud Application Manager?

Not ignored - am waiting to speak to you about it in Barcelona....
janerygaard
50%
50%
janerygaard,
User Rank: Light Beer
2/21/2014 | 5:30:02 AM
Re: Not doing justice
You have sort of ignored the Telco cloud topic ;-)
Ray@LR
100%
0%
Ray@LR,
User Rank: Blogger
2/21/2014 | 3:06:30 AM
Not doing justice
THis blog doesn't do justice to the full extent of the advances NSN has made in its portfolio and I like the way they have approached it -- they told me the aim has been to make what they already do much better, rather than trying to do something new for the sake of it, and that makes a lot of sense. 
Flash Poll
From The Founder
Last week I dropped in on "Hotlanta," Georgia to moderate Light Reading's inaugural DroneComm conference – a unique colloquium investigating the potential for drone communications to disrupt the world's telecom ecosystem. As you will see, it was a day of exploration and epiphany...
LRTV Documentaries
Verizon's Emmons: SDN Key to Cost-Effective Scaling

5|22|15   |   03:53   |   (0) comments


For Verizon and other network operators to ramp up available bandwidth cost effectively, they need to move to SDN and agree on how to do that.
LRTV Documentaries
Lack of Universal SDN a Challenge

5|21|15   |   04:51   |   (3) comments


Heavy Reading Analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how uncertainty about SDN standards and approaches may be slowing deployment.
LRTV Custom TV
Steve Vogelsang Interview: Carrier SDN

5|20|15   |   05:02   |   (0) comments


Sterling Perrin speaks to Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, about the new Carrier SDN-enabling Network Services Platform and the operator challenges it solves.
LRTV Custom TV
Carrier SDN: On-Demand Networks for an On-Demand World

5|20|15   |   20:52   |   (0) comments


Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, talks about requirements and benefits of Carrier SDN during the keynote address at the Light Reading Carrier SDN event May 2015.
LRTV Documentaries
The Security Challenge of SDN

5|19|15   |   02:52   |   (0) comments


CenturyLink VP James Feger discusses concerns that virtualization could create new vulnerabilities unless network operators build in safeguards.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV Elasticity – Highly Available VNF Scale-Out Architectures for the Mobile Edge

5|18|15   |   5:50   |   (0) comments


Peter Marek and Paul Stevens from Advantech Networks and Communications Group talk about their NFV Elasticity initiative and the company's latest platforms for deploying virtual network functions at the edge of the network. Packetarium XL and the new Versatile Server Module: 'designed to reach parts of the network that other servers cannot reach.'
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Bay Area Spark Meetup 2015

5|14|15   |   3:54   |   (0) comments


Developed in 2009, Apache Spark is a powerful open source processing engine built around speed, ease of use and sophisticated analytics. This spring, Huawei hosted a meetup for Spark developers and data scientists in Santa Clara, California. Light Reading spoke with organizers and attendees about Huawei's code contributions and long-term commitment to Spark.
LRTV Custom TV
The Transport SDN Buzz

5|12|15   |   06:01   |   (1) comment


Sterling Perrin, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, speaks with Peter Ashwood-Smith of Huawei and Guru Parulkar of ON.Lab about the evolution of transport SDN and the integration of technologies.
LRTV Custom TV
Next-Generation CCAP: Cisco cBR-8 Evolved CCAP

5|5|15   |   04:49   |   (0) comments


John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explained the innovation design of Cisco's cBR-8, the industry's first Evolved CCAP, including DOCSIS 3.1 design from ground-up, distributed CCAP with Remote PHY and path to virtualization. Cisco's cBR-8 Evolved CCAP is the platform that will last through the transitions.
LRTV Custom TV
Meeting the Demands of Bandwidth & Service Group Growth

5|1|15   |   5:35   |   (0) comments


Jorge Salinger, Comcast's Vice President of Access Architecture, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 and multi-service CCAP can meet the demands of the bandwidth and service group growth.
LRTV Custom TV
DOCSIS 3.1: Transforming Cable From Hardware-Defined Network to Software-Defined Network

4|29|15   |   03:48   |   (0) comments


John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 can transform cable HFC network to a more agile software-defined network.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Predicting Traffic Patterns for Quality Mobile Broadband

4|29|15   |   6:45   |   (0) comments


Accessing information ubiquitously creates complexity and creates heavy traffic onto the network, especially at large-scale events like sporting events or festivals. In this video, Huawei's Mohammad Hussain speaks to experts about how to predict traffic and improve user experience during periods of heavy traffic.
Upcoming Live Events
June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 10, 2015, Chicago, IL
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 6, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
October 6, 2015, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Network functions virtualization (NFV) is not the easiest of topics to take on board, so here's a Light Reading infographic, developed following conversations with the folks at HP, that helps make sense of where NFV is taking the industry.
Hot Topics
Choosing a Technology Supplier? Consider Changing Your Selection Criteria
Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 5/18/2015
Verizon Saves 60% Swapping Copper for Fiber
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 5/19/2015
Chattanooga Charts Killer Gigabit Apps
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/20/2015
10 Alternate Uses for Tablets
Eryn Leavens, Copy Desk Editor, 5/22/2015
Smarter 'Dumb' TVs Will Drive OTT Adoption
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/18/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
With 200 customers in 60 countries, Stockholm-based Net Insight has carved out a solid leadership position in one of the hottest vertical markets going in comms right now: helping service providers and broadcasters deliver video and other multimedia traffic over IP networks. How has Net Insight managed to achieve this success in the face of immense competition from the industry giants?
My ongoing interview tour of the leading minds of the telecom industry recently took me to Richardson, Texas, where I met with Rod Naphan, CTO and SVP, Solutions, ...
I recently popped down to Texas to chat with CEO Eric L. Pratt about his company, Taqua.
Cats with Phones