Finland’s Nokia has announced the deployment of its EdenNet Self-Organising Network (SON) software for Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Telstra, saying the development will help the latter centralise and automate network operations and support its move to 5G. Nokia’s EdenNet SON solution will reportedly automate the MNO’s radio access network (RAN) configuration management, improving network performance and efficiency to support the increased demands of 5G. Further, it has been claimed that partnering with Nokia will allow Telstra to migrate legacy tools to an open, scalable and future-proof platform and increase automation. It was noted that, under the agreement between the two companies, the Aussie firm will roll out Nokia’s SON solution on its multi-vendor, nationwide 3G, 4G and 5G RAN. It will be delivered across model, staging, and production environments.
Ashley Hunter, Network Engineering Executive, Telstra, said of the matter: ‘Telstra is a world leader in adopting new radio and platform technologies, and Nokia’s EdenNet SON solution will help enable us to automate our network configuration and operations to improve cycle time, repeatability, reliability and cost. Nokia’s Open SON framework APIs [Application Programming Interfaces] hide the complexity of the underlying network, allowing Telstra to focus on automating the configuration of our network to help provide greater reliability, faster speeds and peace of mind for our customers.’