Finnish vendor Nokia has announced that British mobile network operator (MNO) EE is deploying its Self-Organising Network (SON) software solution to enhance network reliability and service in its 4G and 5G networks, as part of a new vendor deal. In a press release detailing the development, Nokia claimed that by using its solution, the MNO will be able to overcome network complexity to create flexible solutions that better manage its network, while automating operations across diverse eco-systems to minimise and address network issues more cost-efficiently. According to the vendor, its SON is automating key network operational tasks and specific SON modules, such as the relationship management of neighbouring radio cells, to ensure error-free handovers, with this helping provide end users with a better experience, by reducing dropped calls and interruptions.
Commenting, Steve Holmes, RAN Design Director of BT, said: ‘We see immense opportunities for the ways in which Self-Organising Networks can support our mobile network to deliver the best experience possible for our customers. Networks are complex ecosystems, with different vendors, technologies, and layers; automating some processes helps to overcome these difficulties. The result will be networks with enhanced customer reliability and service as well as reduced energy consumption. We see our strengthening partnership with Nokia as key to realising these objectives.’