Nokia says it will launch a Network Planning And Optimization (NPO) Transformation service that can reduce operator complexity and shorten and network optimization and planning by up to 40%.
The new NPO transformation service leverages Nokia’s global planning and optimization expertise, software tools and methodologies to provide operators with greater agility to meet customer demand and tap into new business opportunities.
As operators evolve from 4G to 4.5G and 5G, they are tasked with simplifying the network operations of multiple legacy radio technologies. Nokia says its NPO Transformation service will help them do this, reducing the time spent on network planning and optimization by up to 40% and freeing resources to focus on proactive customer-centric tasks.
The service includes an operational assessment which uses value stream mapping and a task model, developed from Nokia’s extensive experience in conducting transformation projects with multiple operators.
The assessment provides operators with a clear view of their current performance, measuring variables such as productivity, capital expenditure, and the level of customer satisfaction. Armed with this data, Nokia can then work with an operator to define its goals in these areas and put in place a detailed transformation plan focused on roles, processes and tools.
With access to a plethora of automated technologies and analytics, Nokia can also provide operators with an in-depth view of network conditions over time, allowing them to move away from reactive, labor-intensive network operations to a more predictive approach. With tools such as the recently launched, cloud-based AVA platform, Nokia can enhance knowledge of the customer experience, allowing operators to make the most of existing infrastructure and to prioritize future investments more efficiently.
Nokia is trialing the use of new technologies such as drones to cut the time, cost and manpower spent on traditional drive- and walk-testing. One customer trial used drones for optimizing network performance in a sports stadium.
Nokia is also using minimization of drive-testing features to provide a more rounded view of the network over a longer period of time than can be gained by traditional drive-tests. 3D Geolocation offers a more detailed alternative, with the ability to correlate data on radio conditions and application performance, and unlock hidden insight about the mobile experience for subscribers inside high rise buildings. Where tasks such as site acceptance require traditional drive-testing activities, Nokia is using automization to speed up data processing.
Dennis Lorenzin, head of Network Planning and Optimization at Mobile Networks in Nokia, said: “By leveraging Nokia’s global scale, tools and its wealth of expertise in network planning and optimization, operators can take advantage of cost structures and technologies that may not otherwise be available to them. The Nokia NPO Transformation service offers operators a comprehensive, step-by-step approach to free them from many of their daily planning and optimization tasks, allowing them to focus on their strategic business goals.”