One of TMC’s (News - Alert) latest features about Nokia covered the global telecommunications company’s creation of new 4.5G and 4.9G radios. Nokia’s (News - Alert) just-released 4.5G Pro mobile radio expands upon its 4.5G predecessor and intends to assist fellow communications companies with their push for higher mobile speeds in preparation for 5G.
Now Nokia says it has launched a network planning and optimization (NPO) service to assist operators with their deployment of new wireless standards and with management of legacy networks, which could remain in play for several years. Called NPO Transformation, the service is expected to help business clients reduce their network optimization planning time by as much as 40 percent.
Dennis Lorenzin, the head of network planning and optimization of mobile networks at Nokia, commented on the launch of this new service:
“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,” Lorenzin said. “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.”
It is clear that Nokia’s aim with this service revolves around time. Operators cannot afford to waste time in the planning stages of network maintenance and upgrades; they need to release new network features and reach higher network speeds at a pace faster than their customers expect. To do that without error, they must have a strong workforce pedigree and must also have the tools necessary to manage their legacy and future networks.
Nokia provides some of those tools in its NPO Transformation such as the provision of drones, to help with site testing, and the application of 3D geolocation software that can analyze a network’s radio conditions and the performance of business and consumer software. An operational assessment of a client’s network will include value stream mapping to gain perspective on the health of the client’s network which may be digested in the cloud-based Nokia AVA analytics platform. Nokia also indicated that such software will use automation to help free manpower for other tasks.
Overall, clients that use NPO Transformation should see a shortening of the time they spend planning network enhancements. They can move more quickly toward installing new hardware and software for the betterment of their networks and the happiness of their customers.
Edited by Alicia Young