This blog is by Rob McManus at Nokia Networks.
You might think that changing the fundamental role of the mobile base station – as Nokia Networks did last year with its Liquid Applications* – would be a hard act to follow… but that was just act one!
Last week, we announced that we’re now extending our Liquid Applications to host third-party applications. The great thing about hosting applications at the base station is the benefit gained from being in close proximity to the mobile subscriber. One key benefit in particular is how fast something appears on your device, since applications and content that reside at the edge of the network don’t suffer delay or other degradations as data travels across the worldwide web to your device.
Another benefit is that applications can interact in ways that have never before been possible. They can respond to real-time network data and adapt to changing network behavior as well as an individual’s surroundings. Since the launch of Liquid Applications, we’ve been actively seeking applications that will benefit from being hosted at the base station and looking at how distributed computing can truly differentiate a person’s experience, as well as the mobile operator’s offering.
Broadpeak is one such application developer that has recently joined our AppFactory**, where it will test and develop its live TV delivery application. Broadpeak’s nanoCDN application will boost the delivery of live TV services across mobile infrastructures, which is of particular relevance and interest to mobile operators since the efficient and profitable delivery of content is paramount to their success. With Broadpeak caching and streaming technology hosted at the base station, operators can extend live TV to the furthest point in their network and in close proximity to their customers. The nanoCDN application is also a differentiator for content at live events, with the ability to implement multicast adaptive bit rate technology for a superior quality of experience.
Broadpeak showcased its streaming technologies and the nanoCDN at the CommunicAsia event that took place in Singapore in June this year and launched the application at the IBC in Amsterdam on September 12th.
Nokia Networks also announced a number of applications that can be pre-configured for Liquid Application deployments in operator networks. Video orchestration, for example, provides an immersive multimedia experience over mobile at major event locations such as race tracks and stadiums by aggregating live video streams and making them available to spectators in real-time. In other words, you may have missed that goal everyone around you is cheering about, but you’ll have the last laugh with access to close-up footage from all angles immediately on your mobile device.
Augmented reality for the base station was also announced, whereby fast image recognition and immediate delivery of relevant augmented content will not only transform the user experience, but also alleviate load within the mobile network.
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* Nokia Liquid Applications: In a nutshell, we added some IT-based functionality to the base station, giving it the ability to store and process information right at the edge of the mobile network – the point where people connect. But in addition to general purpose computing and storage, we also added a brand new set of capabilities that weren’t there before and are now fully integrated into the base station. These capabilities collect real-time network data and use that dynamic information to enrich applications in ways that have never been done before. Applications that create faster, more personal content and services directly from the operator’s radio network… And that’s why we called it Liquid Applications.
** The Nokia Networks AppFactory provides the means to accelerate time-to-market of new base station applications through its design and development capabilities, as well as having access to an extensive developer community.