I think he sees the network as an underdeveloped asset that is poised to be souped up and made more relevant and competitive.
Since it's Lyad's private boat, I imagine it's been souped up with everything they could throw in.
"liquid food," 1650s, from French soupe "soup, broth" (13c.), from Late Latin suppa "bread soaked in broth," from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch sop "sop, broth"), from Proto-Germanic *sup-, from PIE *sub-, from root *seue- (2) "to take liquid" (see sup (v.2)).
Primordial soup is from a concept first expressed 1929 by J.B.S. Haldane. Soup to nuts "everything" is from 1910. Soup-kitchen, "public establishment supported by voluntary contributions, for preparing and serving soup to the poor at no cost" is attested from 1839. In Ireland, souper meant "Protestant clergyman seeking to make proselytes by dispensing soup in charity" (1854).
[1949+; fr supercharged, referring to a pump that forces additional air into the cylinders of an engine to increase its power; perhaps reinforced by soup, ''fuel for a powerful engine,'' and ''material injected into a horse with a view to changing its speed or temperament,'' the latter attested fr 1911 and earlier]