Nokia Siemens Networks is enhancing its Smart Wi-Fi solution to provide what it claims is the industry’s most comprehensive traffic steering capabilities between cellular and Wi-Fi networks. The company is also launching a new 3G Femtocell Access Point for seamless connectivity in residential areas.
By enhancing cellular networks with Wi-Fi and residential access points, operators can ensure seamless connectivity and positive customer experience across all networks.
At Mobile World Congress 2013, Nokia Siemens Networks launched its Smart Wi-Fi and is now extending the solution with two key components: Wi-Fi Service Manager and Wi-Fi Activation Manager. With these tools, operators have access to real-time information about their own or partnered Wi-Fi access points.
Operators can then enhance customer experience with dynamic traffic steering between cellular and Wi-Fi networks based on real-time network load. The traffic steering capabilities can be complemented with sophisticated ANDSF (access network discovery and selection function) rules based on user profile, timing, location and application usage ensuring that mobile operators have necessary tools to start enhancing their networks with Wi-Fi traffic steering today.
According to the 2013 Acquisition & Retention Study Report from Nokia Siemens Networks, access to operator Wi-Fi has increased by 35% year-on-year with the majority of connections coming from smartphones. Likewise, expectations for high quality are growing, with 47% of respondents believing that operators should offer excellent network quality even if they charge a higher price for it.
Extending wireless cellular coverage and capacity with Wi-Fi is necessary to meet the growing demand, improve customer experience and reduce the pressure on licensed spectrum in key hot spots, typically public indoor spaces.
The new Smart Wi-Fi capabilities and its flexible client-server architecture will also boost early implementation of ANDSF by bringing ANDSF software support on existing smartphones and devices. The new capabilities also support IT-based HotSpot 2.0 ANQP (access network query protocol), which will enable devices to select the optimal Wi-Fi access point for best mobile broadband quality when the operator decides to steer subscribers to Wi-Fi.
‘Offloading traffic to Wi-Fi is only the first step to help mobile operators handle traffic congestion. With the new traffic steering capabilities, we go beyond offloading to steer traffic flexibly onto the most appropriate radio network, according to the operator’s strategy and actual network conditions,’ said Randy Cox, head of small cells product management at Nokia Siemens Networks. ‘By using Wi-Fi networks in indoor locations, operators can deliver superior customer experience and cost effectively boost network performance for the subscriber by up to seven-fold.’
FAPr-hsp 5120 Femtocell Access Point
To further enhance its end-to-end femtocell portfolio, Nokia Siemens Networks is launching the new FAPr-hsp 5120 Femtocell Access Point (FAP) to improve indoor 3G mobile broadband coverage for residential users.
This HSPA+ capable access point connects to an operator-deployed Nokia Siemens Networks Femtocell Gateway via the user’s broadband link such as a DSL or cable connection. Smaller and more powerful than earlier units, the FAP fits through a mail slot for easy postal delivery and is simple for consumers to install.
As well as improving voice coverage and throughput and securing in-home 3G data mobile reception, the FAP expands location and presence awareness and given the better signal, improves the battery life for smartphones. This is an increasingly important benefit as two out of three people in mature markets are active users of advanced services, which typically require greater battery power.