Nokia tackles operators' capacity crunches with Liquid Radio

Nokia Networks is launching a raft of mobile broadband products this week, with latest developments focused on tackling the growing problem of capacity demands on operator networks.

The new enhancements to the Finnish equipment manufacturer's Liquid Radio portfolio are designed to help operators increase the density of macro networks in order to meet the rising demand for mobile data services, control interference between cells as networks "densify" and ensure that users also receive a good quality of service on LTE and LTE Advanced networks.

The enhancements include the launch of a Flexi Metro Remote Radio Head (RRH), 60 MHz carrier aggregation for LTE, and new software features for Liquid Radio.

"Operators are densifying their networks by splitting macro cells or adding more network layers for the vital extra capacity needed especially in metropolitan areas," said Thorsten Robrecht, vice president, mobile broadband portfolio management at Nokia Networks. "As the distance between cells decreases and network layers increase, mobile devices cause greater interference. Liquid Radio realises the full performance of high density macro networks with increased cell density, less interference and maximum throughput."

Kai Sahala, head of mobile broadband marketing at Nokia Networks, told FierceWireless:Europe that operators continue to tell vendors they need help to increase capacity as well as coverage in order to improve the user experience on mobile data networks.

This in turn will help them to reduce churn and drive the monetisation of data traffic, which continues to elude mobile operators.

Like other vendors, Nokia is increasingly providing hardware and software with a focus on flexibility and adaptability, and an emphasis on cloud-based offerings.

"It's not just about the megabytes you can carry," added Sahala. "It's very much about bring content closer to the user and making it more relevant."

For more:
- see this Nokia Networks release

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