Nokia and Intel are launching a new innovation centre in Bath, UK, to allow networks operators and app developers to test the vendor’s new Liquid Applications platform.
EE will be the first UK operator to trial Nokia Networks’ smart base station tech, which allows providers to place their content on the edge of LTE networks to provide quicker delivery to mobile users and increase network efficiency.
Dirk Lindemeier, head of Liquid Applications at Nokia Networks, said: “The joint initiative is a strong reiteration of the collaboration to develop Liquid Applications for the market. This will also play a key role in transforming the UK’s mobile services landscape.”
“We welcome all operators to join us in this exciting venture which also offers tremendous opportunities for application developers to show their skills to the world.”
Following the news, Nokia announced it would also be shipping the industry’s first commercial Telco Cloud-compliant NFV solution to bring cloud capabilities to services such as VoLTE, enabling operators to better manage traffic over networks.
The vendor will supply a cloud orchestration tool that can be integrated into existing operator networks to configure them for the deployment of end-to-end VoLTE services, thereby making integration easier.
This will be bolstered by Nokia Networks’ new extension to its Liquid Applications platform, which contains pre-configured applications to provide high-quality communications services for its cloud-enabled VoLTE.
Additionally, new Quality of Service (QoS) features will enable operators to set a minimum bit rate for users and provide subscribers with an assured level of service.
The new service is scheduled to go live with a “major operator” by the end of 2014, according to Nokia.