Nokia Siemens Networks has opened its fifth Smart Lab in Silicon Valley, the Finland-based vendor announced on Monday.

The new facility is aimed at helping US-based operators and vendors to make their networks more smartphone friendly, the company said in a statement.

In particular, NSN’s head of Smart Labs Jan Hellman highlighted how smartphones with always-connected applications are introducing “a new type of network behaviour” that is increasing volatility in mobile broadband demand.

“This can considerably increase signalling traffic and drastically reduce smartphone battery life, and thus impact user experience,” Hellman said in a statement.

The facility will give operators the opportunity to gain an understanding of the impact applications and devices have on their networks by analysing application and device performance across live mobile network environments.

It will showcase the company’s new Smart Lab Performance Advisor dashboard, which ranks application and devices by comparing test results to a database of network performance indicators.

NSN has Smart Labs in Dallas, Paris, Seoul and at the company’s Finland HQ.

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