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October 20, 2014

Nokia Networks Boosts 3G Performance

Nokia Networks has announced that it has developed a technology that boosts performance on 3G networks.

Nokia ran tests using devices fitted with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors that support Nokia High Speed Cell FACH over a major European carrier. The company found that device-generated network signaling was cut by 80 percent, the response time increased by 65 percent and browsing was 20 percent faster.

Nokia claims that its software enables these devices to perform faster than Qualcomm’s own tests did.

The company is working on speeding up data transmissions over 3G because more people are buying smartphones than feature phones. According to Informa, smartphone penetration is expected to reach 90 percent in some markets.

Mobile apps like browsers, email and messaging clients frequently send and receive small packets frequently. While they’re tiny, with more people using smartphones these transmissions can add up and overwhelm networks. Carriers can add small cells in places lots of people congregate but the only real  way to handle traffic is to try to reduce it whenever possible. That’s where Nokia comes in.

“With virtually all these smartphones being 3G-enabled, it’s important to be able to improve network efficiency under high signaling load,” Thorsten Robrecht, vice president of mobile broadband portfolio management at Nokia Networks. “Nokia Networks already offers a unique set of software features to reduce smartphone signaling. High Speed Cell FACH is now the next step.”

It’s a win-win situation for both carriers and their customers. Carriers will be able to manage their traffic more easily and customers will get better performance over their devices.

High Speed Cell FACH is already available in Nokia’s Liquid Radio WCDMA Software Suite, so carriers can implement the features immediately and the Snapdragon processors are also available so that device manufacturers can add these features to their hardware at the same time. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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