Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Nokia Launches LTE Radio and Core Features for IoT

Nokia Networks launched its IoT connectivity solution for LTE core and radio networks.Currently, mobile networks are primarily optimized for smartphone traffic. IoT applications are expected to bring new requirements for the network infrastructure, such as the number and type of connected devices, as well as different traffic patter.

The new IoT connectivity solution consists of two elements: Nokia’s Core for IoT and its enhanced Smart Scheduler for LTE radio.

Nokia’s Core:

  • Drives down total cost of ownership (TCO) for IoT solutions on operators’ networks and allows for a business mix of high ARPC and low ARPC M2M traffic
  • Improves operational efficiency by about 35% compared to legacy networks and provides 40% better CPU utilization e.g. for smart meter traffic
  • Open APIs allow for real-time data mining, service control and integration, making it much easier to ensure network optimization and service enablement for IoT applications
  • Programmability enables operators to cope with a multitude of applications and proactively reduce signaling traffic, e.g. by adjusting the timer value for service based paging for connected cars

Nokia’s enhanced Smart Scheduler:

  • With self-adapting algorithms in Flexi Base Stations, it adapts to the IoT device traffic profile, which will become more relevant with the increasing variety of IoT use cases from stationary metering applications to demanding vehicle-to-infrastructure communications
  • It reduces signaling load in the network, enhances responsiveness of the service and lowers power consumption of the IoT modem
  • It improves connection quality even at the cell edge with minimized impact on network capacity

"While IoT represents a major growth opportunity for operators, they need to prepare their networks well. Nokia’s IoT connectivity solution is a key building block required to efficiently manage the related M2M traffic. A secure connectivity layer will then open up further opportunities for management and application platforms, as well as analytics and user services,” stated Michael Clever, Head of Mobile Broadband Core Cluster at Nokia Networks.

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