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NSN flexibility to cope with data demand

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 10 – Telecommunications equipment vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has introduced its Liquid Net solution that gives broadband providers the flexibility to cope with increased data demand.

With demand for data in Kenya growing, mobile operators are under pressure to introduce networks that can handle faster speeds.

NSN Head of Technology Karri Kuoppamaki said on Monday that Liquid Net is a new broadband delivery, which allows an operator to set up its network to self-adapt to meet capacity and coverage requirements based on demand.

He said the new approach aims to significantly improve the quality of broadband services in the country.

“If there is a huge event happening at one place the network is bound to experience a sudden increase in traffic around that area. Having the ability to accommodate these fluctuations and provide capacity based on demand will help operators improve delivery of broadband and open up new business opportunities,” Kuoppamaki said.

Data services have over the last two years emerged as a major revenue driver for Telecoms, which has led to a revamp of the networks as operators diversify their businesses to include Internet services to cushion their earnings from falling revenues.

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 optimisation 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.

Kuoppamaki said sudden increase in network traffic causes bottlenecks in different parts of the network, leaving huge chunks of capacity idle with as much as 50 percent of a conventional core network’s capacity dormant.

“Liquid Net unleashes frozen capacity into a reservoir of resources that can flow to fulfil unpredictable demand, wherever and whenever people use broadband,” he said.

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Liquid Net builds on the principles of Nokia Siemens Networks’ Liquid Radio architecture.

It adds Liquid Core and Liquid Transport functionality to the network, which can be implemented either separately in multi-vendor environments or in concert across an operator’s entire network to bring the full benefits of Liquid Net to bear.

Kuoppamaki said the firm is in talks with telecom operators over deploying the network, adding there has been interest as operators look for new revenue streams.

“We have had a lot of dialogue with our customers and so far they have all appreciated and accepted it as a concept. Now we are talking with those interested parties on how the solution can be introduced on to their networks,” he said.

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