The pattern of each discussion – with analysts, journalists, customers, partners – has been broadly the same. Simone Severini, the on-site expert in this video, begins by explaining the problem facing operators in optimising their network resources to meet peak capacity requirements and the listeners just begin to glaze over a little. This is a story they’ve heard before right?
Wrong. And pretty quickly as Simone describes the three key elements of the story – baseband pooling, active antennae and SON networks – the realisation that they are hearing something different and important quickly comes to the listeners.
Liquid Radio is both simple and brilliant: deploy the network resources flexibly to where they are needed, when they are needed to meet changing traffic demands. In the morning rush hour that means opening up the network in metropolitan areas to cope with the commuter influx. In the evenings it means ensuring people arriving home have sufficient capacity to meet their needs. With baseband pooling network capacity can be shared between the various network elements in both places – across several kilometres – deploying coverage where and when it is needed without the need to build up too much infrastructure in either. With beam-forming active antenna to balance coverage requirements with capacity needs in high activity areas, capacity can be increased by 65%. The self-organizing network brings 3 functionalities: it configures the network automatically; it continuously optimises performance performance and heals itself by taking account of missing network elements.
The technology, of course, is complex – the result of millions of hours of development time with the world’s finest telecommunications engineers – but the idea is simple: The network is liquid, ebbing and flowing in whatever direction user demand calls for.
The message has been received with huge enthusiasm as the audience has recognised both the power of the technology for a demanding and dynamic industry and the fact that the elements are either already commercially available or will be very soon. And that’s not true of every network vision the industry has been introduced to in recent weeks.
“You could see that people were really understanding the story as you spoke, because it is so logical and it such a necessary development for the industry,” Simone says of his conversations at CTIA. “It is very easy to understand, we have great material and we are explaining it in a very easy and rational way. It was very very good.”
I expect we will be hearing a great deal more about it.
This was a guest post by Ben Hunt, not: