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NSN Dives Into Liquid Net

Nokia Networks has spilled its Liquid Radio concept onto its mobile core and transport network products with the introduction of Liquid Net.

The idea behind Liquid Net is that operators will be able to design their networks so that unused capacity can be allocated wherever and whenever it is needed. This is enabled by applying "automated, self-adapting broadband optimization" in the core network and by channeling traffic along the most economical paths in the transport network.

Much like NSN's Liquid Radio architecture for base stations -- in which the baseband processors are separated from the radio frequency element and active antennas and then located remotely in a baseband pool setup -- Liquid Core and Liquid Transport also feature flexible capacity allocation and traffic routing. (See CTIA 2011: NSN Makes Liquid Radio Splash .)

The essence of Liquid Core is a commercial, off-the-shelf AdvancedTCA (ATCA) hardware platform, on which can be installed any core network application, such as gateways, mobile switching center (MSS) or home location register (HLR). And with NSN's intelligent broadband management, content can be cached and adapted so that it is delivered in the best way at the right time, depending on what kind of device it is going to.

Liquid Transport comprises NSN's flexible optics, multilayer optimization and intelligent control capabilities.

"[We have] clever capabilities to make the network adapt to the content," says Phil Twist, head of marketing and communications for network systems at NSN. "Operators can build to average traffic [loads], not peak capacity."

NSN will be showing off its Liquid Net capabilities at next week's Broadband World Forum show in Paris.

Why this matters
By pulling together some fundamental elements it's already got, NSN is joining the trend towards a flexible core network. It's a direction taken by other big mobile core vendors such as Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , according to Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Gabriel Brown.

"An EPC-based common core network is where the industry is going," he says. "What NSN appears to be attempting with Liquid Net is to create a marketing wrapper around the concept that matches what it is doing in the RAN with Liquid Radio. It's part of an effort to communicate a consistent, strategic direction."

For more
For more on NSN's Liquid Radio and the changes in mobile network architectures, check out these stories:

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

obaut 12/5/2012 | 4:53:12 PM
re: NSN Dives Into Liquid Net

Sounds like stuff like this has been told in marketing messages before, so far without actual concrete products or services to offer:


 ..operators will be able to design their networks so that unused capacity can be allocated wherever and whenever it is needed. This is enabled by applying "automated, self-adapting broadband optimization" in the core network and by channeling traffic along the most economical paths in the transport network. .. Liquid Transport comprises NSN's flexible optics, multilayer optimization and intelligent control capabilities.


What would be NSN's actual commercial offerings now to deliver the advertised capabilities -- self-adapting broadband optimization, flexible optics, multilayer optimization and intelligent control capabilities. What do buzz words such as 'flexible-optics' mean in practice?


What standards are being used? ODUflex/G.hao? Or does NSN have pre-standard technologies of its own?


 

yarn 12/5/2012 | 4:53:11 PM
re: NSN Dives Into Liquid Net

The liquid hetnet:-)

Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 4:53:08 PM
re: NSN Dives Into Liquid Net

Brilliant :-)

cebert 12/5/2012 | 4:53:07 PM
re: NSN Dives Into Liquid Net

In reality Liquid Networks is a natural extension of NSN's continuing direction to enable a self adaptive SW driven network for our customers.  Liquid Radio allows the RAN network to respond to the ebb and flow of traffic in a way that capacity can be allocated to the need vs. historical build to peak models and as a result - the desired service level and experience delivered seamlessly.  With Liquid Networks we are underscoring how the products NSN is shipping today in Core and Transport support a comprehensive 'Liquid' architecture with more innovations to come.  Chris Ebert, Nokia Siemens Networks

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