Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has successfully deployed Ericsson's SON (self-organising networks) Optimisation Manager to extend the benefits of network automation to its WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) networks.
Ericsson's SON solution includes self-optimisation features such as coverage capacity optimisation and load balance (CCLB), and automatic neighbour relation (ANR) handling. Self-healing functions are also being developed to automatically compensate for cell outages by adjusting the neighbouring cells to find the optimal configuration.
With this solution, SingTel's customers will be able to "enjoy up to 20 percent faster internet access in crowded places in Singapore that are prone to network congestion," said Tay Yeow Lian, SingTel's vice president of Mobile Core Engineering. He added that the chances of experiencing a dropped call at those busy locations will be reduced by 40 percent.
The solution also enables SingTel and Ericsson to integrate multiple technologies — 2G, 3G and 4G — into a single optimisation model.
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