Nokia Networks has released details of a new technology that can help operators increase their network capacity by 10%.
The product, called Nokia Traffic Steering Manager, is described as the first “all-inclusive solution to automatically direct traffic to the most effective radio network layer”.
Sources at Nokia told CommsMEA that the solution will be commercial available globally from July 2015.
In a statement about the product, Nokia Networks said that the Traffic Steering Manager provides an automated way of managing existing load balancing features in networks, reducing related operational effort by up to 70%.
“The Traffic Steering Manager ensures that the traffic is distributed across the radio network layers and it can, for example, boost LTE layer usage automatically when deployed in the network,” the company said. “Traffic can be steered onto the best radio network layer according to network conditions and other criteria, e.g. device type. For example, an operator with a good mobile broadband reputation could ensure that users with advanced smartphones benefit from cutting-edge network functionalities that requires certain device capabilities.
“The purpose of these features is to avoid network congestion by distributing the traffic across different radio network layers.”
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The company added that Traffic Steering Manager is a network-wide system that combines all radio technologies – consisting of 2G, 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi; macro and small cells – as well as the core network to use all parts of the network as efficiently as possible.
“If the capacity limits are reached, value-based traffic steering, enabled by the Traffic Steering Manager, is vital to ensure the network is used according to business priorities,” the company stated.
Peter Patomella, vice president, CEM and OSS, Nokia Networks, said: "Operators expect extreme efficiency from their networks and easier ways to manage them for better business results. Traffic Steering Manager gives operators a way to utilise their network capacity more efficiently and at the same time utilize it exactly the way it best supports their business and strategy. Improved business results may be achieved, for example, through ensuring high value enterprise customers SLA requirements are met automatically."