Nokia Network’s Liquid Applications solution has been trialled this week at the Singapore Sports Hub by Singapore info-communications company StarHub. Liquid Applications brings services to mobile broadband customers from the mobile base station.
Using the radio applications cloud server, localised processing, content storage, and access to real-time radio and network information is made available directly from inside the base station.
In Singapore, the aim of the trial was to get multiple real-time perspectives of ‘live’ events, such as sports, concerts, awards and parades, in high-definition on users’ mobile devices from wherever they are as a spectator.
This new multimedia experience has become a reality following StarHub’s trial implementation of Nokia’s Liquid Applications solution at its 4G mobile base stations within the Indoor Stadium at Singapore Sports Hub, bringing ‘live’ sports action closer to spectators.
For the trial conducted on 21 October 2014, four ‘live’ video feeds (see image below) of the tennis Rising Stars Finals played at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global were delivered concurrently to spectators on mobile devices, giving them different perspectives of the action played out in the court. Spectators were able to zoom in on the action by selecting any preferred camera angle at any time.
“We are excited over the potential in moving digital content to the farthest edge of our mobile network – the base stations. This localised mobile content delivery significantly reduces lags and boosts surfing quality, offering our subscribers the best mobile broadband experience,” said Mock Pak Lum, chief technology officer at StarHub.
“In collaboration with StarHub, we are proud to have showcased Asia’s first live demonstration of video orchestration services based on Liquid Applications at a global tennis competition in Singapore,” said John Lancaster-Lennox, head of Asia South at Nokia Networks.
“In addition to boosting network performance, our Liquid Applications is capable of delivering innovative, localised and personalised mobile broadband services to subscribers. With this trial, StarHub has leveraged the unique capabilities of our solution for delivering the best-in-class service experience.”
Nokia’s Liquid Applications, an industry first solution, brings superior services to mobile broadband customers from the mobile base station. This is achieved by bringing applications, content, popular Internet sites or enterprise solutions into the base station whereby these are stored, processed and delivered directly and rapidly to mobile devices, increasing customers' mobile surfing performance.
The solution will also allow mobile operators to offer other innovative services such as augmented reality and location-based services.
StarHub is carrying out further trials of the full suite of Liquid Applications. StarHub is Singapore's fully-integrated info-communications company, offering a full range of information, communications and entertainment services for both consumer and corporate markets.
StarHub operates a mobile network that provides 4G, 3G and 2G services. It also manages an island-wide HFC network that delivers multi-channel pay TV services (including HDTV, Internet TV and on-demand services) as well as ultra-high speed residential broadband services. StarHub also operates an extensive fixed business network.