Telecom Lead India: Nokia Siemens has signed a deal with chip major Intel to improve mobile broadband experience to end customers.
Both Nokia Siemens Networks and Intel, as part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), will work on developing Liquid Applications that accelerate delivery of media-rich services and content directly from the base station.
Aimed at enhanced mobile broadband experience that gives operators new revenue and differentiation opportunities, Nokia Siemens and Intel will focus on over-the-top (OTT) content providers, independent software vendors (ISV) and application service providers (ASP).
Offering better mobile broadband experience to end customers is a strong focus area for telecom operators. The agreement between Nokia Siemens and Intel will aid in improving Nokia Siemens’ LTE and 3G deals with telecom operators.
Dell’Oro Group in May 2013 said that Ericsson, with a four-quarter trailing revenue share of almost 40 percent in the combined WCDMA/LTE market, remained the market share leader in Mobile Broadband. Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks maintained their number two and number three rankings in the combined WCDMA/LTE market.
“Placing applications and services in the base station will turn the base station into an intelligent part of a mobile operator’s network, to serve and deliver local content. Other content providers in the ecosystem can also benefit from the proximity of applications to mobile users,” said Dirk Lindemeier, head of Liquid Net at Nokia Siemens Networks.
Nokia Siemens’ Radio Applications Cloud Server (RACS), which provides capabilities such as localized processing, content storage, and access to real-time radio and network information inside the base station, already utilizes Intel’s Crystal Forest Platform.
Powered by Intel Xeon processors, the small footprint and exceptional energy efficiency of the platform support integration into non-standard environments and small form factor mobile base stations, while also providing the performance needed to handle more extensive localized processing.
“Nokia Siemens and Intel are working closely together to merge key IT advancements and telecommunication applications in a way that yields a mobile edge computing solution. The RACS includes Intel architecture that is widely used by application service providers and enterprise cloud implementations globally,” said Steve Price, general manager of Intel’s Communications Infrastructure Division.