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Liquid Radio

Active, Adaptive, Aware - the most dynamic radio access available

Up to a thousand times more mobile broadband traffic is heading operators way by 2020 and furthermore, this traffic will be much more unpredictable than today as users move around, attend large events and use different services throughout the day. Meeting this ever changing demand will mean coordinating many different technologies, as well as taking advantage of more frequency bands and deploying small cells.

Tomorrow’s radio access networks must be active and adaptable in order to manage all these requirements cost-effectively. Network configuration and optimization must also be aware, allowing maximum radio network performance and minimal operating costs.

Active, Adaptive, Aware – Liquid Radio is built on these three key principles. With Liquid Radio, mobile broadband capacity is shared and directed fluidly to wherever it’s needed, making much more economical use of scarce resources.

Active – unleashing capacity

Radio access products that are versatile enough to perform many different roles can take an active part in handling traffic and unleashing hidden capacity.

A good example is dense networks. When multiple base stations are deployed to cover small, densely populated areas, considerable interference from mobile devices can be created, reducing network capacity and impairing service quality.

Using Nokia Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, operators can centralize their radio access in those dense network areas. This is achieved by linking multiple LTE base stations into cooperative clusters that turn harmful interference into useful traffic.

Making radio access active with Nokia Centralized RAN software, operators can double user capacity in existing LTE networks and achieve up to ten times faster uploads at the cell edge, allowing subscribers to more easily share and record their lives.

Adaptive - steer traffic to match demand

Liquid Radio Software Suites ensure radio access can adapt to meet changing traffic conditions, enhancing coverage and capacity. With the Suites’ adaptive solutions at every stage, operators can better manage unpredictable traffic demand.

An adaptive network helps operators raise efficiency, maximize the use of capacity and improve the user experience while reducing total cost of ownership of mobile broadband. With adaptive networks, operators can add liquid capacity to take account of fluid traffic and changing user behavior in LTE and HSPA networks.

Liquid Radio Software Suites ensure that all LTE spectrum assets are used to their optimum so an operator can serve more subscribers with higher data rates. Powerful features improve HSPA load balancing, upload performance and the utilization of network resources to support smartphone growth and increased uplink traffic.

Mobile broadband services require more bands to meet user expectations. A refarming solution must ensure sufficient capacity in the remaining GSM network to provide high-quality services for end users. The Liquid Radio Software Suite makes GSM more adaptive to traffic demand and uses spectrum more efficiently, releasing up to 55% of spectrum capacity for refarming to 3G and LTE.

Aware – ensure capacity across any platform

Today’s mobile broadband networks have turned into heterogeneous networks (HetNets). These complex networks introduce smaller cells to extend overall capacity and efficiently use existing base station sites and available spectrum. Small cells, including micro, pico, femto and Wi-Fi, deployed in large numbers will provide additional capacity and higher data rates than a macro-cellular layer can deliver.

Using Self Organizing Network (SON) techniques, a Liquid Radio network is aware of radio access needs. It seamlessly and dynamically blends and steers coverage and capacity using available spectrum, coordinating macro cells above the roof tops with lower level smaller cells.

Nokia iSON introduces tools to manage and interlink the multiple layers and technologies, ensuring that small cells work seamlessly with the macro layer even in a multivendor environment.

The business benefits

  • increases the efficiency of mobile broadband networks
  • improves the user experience and so drives customer loyalty
  • helps prepare networks to meet 1,000 more demand by 2020

Why Nokia Networks?

Every day a quarter of the world’s population connect using Nokia Networks infrastructure and solutions. This experience helps us to achieve continuous improvements in the quality and efficiency of our networks and products.

Nokia Liquid Radio is a unique offering in the industry providing unmatched evolution to the future.