Israel’s Saguna Networks is one of five companies worldwide that has been nominated for a top award at the upcoming GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world’s premier showcase for advancements in mobile technology, taking place in Barcelona, Spain later this month. Saguna was nominated for its RAN (Radio Access Network) application acceleration and mobile content delivery solution, which speeds data delivery up considerably, and saves service providers lots of money that they would have spent on upgrading infrastructure.

As more people make use of the mobile phone network, bandwidth on the network gets more crowded – and transmission of almost everything gets slower. Over the next five years, the amount of of data moving along mobile networks will increase by 39 times its current level!

Clearly an unsustainable level, given the current state of equipment – both infrastructure and devices – which were not built for, and cannot cope with, this kind of data onslaught. What can cellphone service providers do about it? Not much; they can try to slow things down, raising the ire of customers, or they can try to charge heavy data-using customers more, raising their ire even further.

Saguna’s solution, implemented on the back end of the network, provides a caching solution that optimizes mobile content delivery. The cache servers set up at the edge of a network in Saguna’s Content Optimization Delivery Systems (CODS) are loaded with popular internet and other content being accessed by many customers;  the most popular, repeating content is already cached on servers customers can access – saving time, bandwidth and money, because the content is already on the network. The system allows mobile operators to disperse traffic: Instead of all customers hitting the main servers at the same time to access data, they can access the data from cache servers, with fewer delays, and saving the operators from having to expand capacity – and reducing repetitive content delivery traffic and costs by as much as 70%.

Saguna CODS is based on an array of dedicated nodes that are placed in the network. The nodes are located in the network core on one side and in the network backhaul adjacent to the Base Station elements or aggregation points on the other side. The solution is totally transparent to all network layers (transport, mobility, service) and terminal devices. It performs caching and scheduling decisions based on the type of data and the content flowing through the network, consequently adding “Content Awareness” to the network. CODs dramatically reduces content transport bandwidth requirements to handle the data traffic explosion, while improving experience and service delivery, allowing operators to offer a new OTT revenue generating services, the company said.

Saguna’s solution is such a good one that the company has been nominated for the GSMA Best Technology Breakthrough award – one of only five worldwide nominated for this award – which will recognize the best technology contribution made for increasing mobile usage, expanding the user experience and helping expand business opportunities. The nominees for the Best Technology Breakthrough award will be judged by a panel of Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) from leading mobile operators from around the world.

“New sources of revenue, user experience and infrastructure costs are all high on the agendas of mobile operator executives,” explained Lior Fite, CEO at Saguna Networks, adding that “This important award nomination elevates the significance of our game changing technology for mobile operators to monetize internet content and applications, increase the utilization of existing infrastructure and provide users with unparalleled web browsing experience.”