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).
A man's formal evening dress: getting into the soup-and-fish
[1908+; fr the formality of a dinner that commences with the soup and then the fish course]
A very brief excerpt of speech or film used esp in political campaigns to make a quick impression: They present him chiefly in a staccato series of sound bites (late 1980s+)