Visitors to the NSN Experience Center at Mobile World Congress 2014 were able to see a new FutureWorks 5G research concept that enables ultra-dense networks, a mobile network ‘on demand’ for mega events, and a self-learning network that analyzes big data in real time and responds in an instant.
NSN said these technology innovations provide a glimpse of potential new products and services and complement the commercial launches made in the run-up to MWC, although it cautioned that these are not product commitments.
The company’s FutureWorks demos are its Technology Vision 2020 brought to life. The aim is to come up with innovations that will enable mobile broadband networks to profitably deliver 1 gigabyte of personalized data per user per day by 2020.
5G concept demo
In its 5G concept demo, NSN took densification to the next level, using new bands down to millimeter wavelengths. The company also demonstrated a mobile network ‘on demand’ concept, which has been developed with a leading Asian operator.
Based on virtualized programmable infrastructure, it applies software-defined networking to complex mobile network functions. Another concept project, with an advanced European operator, shows the full potential of real-time big data analytics for enhancing network performance.
Partner activities at MWC, included joint demos with three operators and 10 industry players, which NSN said were further concrete evidence of its cooperation across the industry to spearhead innovative technology advances in areas such as authorized shared access and carrier aggregration and help operators support 1,000 times more capacity by 2020.
“NSN’s Technology Vision 2020 charts the course for our FutureWorks innovation and is the driver behind many of the portfolio enhancements we are unveiling at MWC,” said Barry French, executive vice president, Marketing, Communciations and Corporate Affairs at NSN.
“As well as showing how we are moving innovations from the lab to commercial reality, our demos also embody the unique set of capabilities we provide to operators to solve their biggest challenges and deliver industry-leading performance for a world in motionTM, which is our theme for this event.”
NSN’s demo of Centralised RAN, an example of a FutureWorks innovation that is now commercial, is based on a stadium trial with an Asian operator, where it not only doubled uplink speeds, but also increased capacity by a factor of 10 at the cell edge.
NSN’s TD-LTE demo showcased its 2.6 Gbps TD-LTE throughput record over a single sector, achieved recently with Sprint – using its commercially available Flexi MultiRadio 10 platform. NSN’s recently launched Cloud Application Manager, now part of its telco cloud portfolio, is also a FutureWorks innovation.
Big data analysis
In addition, NSN showcasds two of the world’s first commercial applications of big data analysis to network performance enhancements. NSN CEM for Loyalty Scores gauges in real time, manages and enhances a KPI that matters most to operators’ executive boards.
Predictive Operations, based on a joint project with the the winner of NSN’s Israel Innovation Competition and now part of the company’s Managed Services portfolio, gives operators the capability to tackle potential issues as early as two days before they might impact network performance.
Mobile Guard, an operator-driven FutureWorks innovation project, uses advanced network traffic pattern-matching techniques to pinpoint and contain malware attacks.
NSN said its Experience Center at MWC housed the company’s biggest ever collection of performance-enhancing products, services and solutions, including LTE-Advanced and Single RAN, as well as Flexi Zone and Wi-Fi. The company showed how it has made telco cloud commercial with its Liquid Core, taking its ground-breaking Liquid Applications to the next level, and enabling unprecedented automation with its virtualised OSS.