Automated Network Engineering
Wireless operators have a series of disparate data silos related to the different elements within their OSS: network inventory management and provisioning; configuration management; fault management; performance management; as well as their RF planning database. With these systems traditionally tied together only through engineering workflows, operators have looked for ways to exploit today’s computing power and optimize inputs into their OSS. In fact, the 3rd Generation Partnership Program – a group of operators, vendors and other interested parties – has specified the need for Self-Organizing Networks (SON) to deliver “Self-Optimisation, Self-Healing, Coverage and Capacity Optimisation, and Handover Optimisation”. The days of a plug-and-play eNodeB, while still a way off, are at least on the horizon.
Mentum has created a new product line – Mentum Fusion – to deliver automated management of key engineering processes. As a first step towards the SON solutions outlined by the 3GPP, it delivers functionality such as:
- Automatic generation of coverage maps based on planning tool inputs and other engineering coverage information
- Management of an MVNO’s (mobile virtual network operator’s) ability to display coverage to potential and existing customers
- Emergency preparations and redundancy planning for network outage related to natural disasters
- Integration into other key systems through APIs
- Much more....