Nokia announced it has digitalized its 5G network deployments — through machine learning and automation — simplifying the deployment of the network infrastructure, accelerating both time-to-market and return on the 5G investment (ROI) for operators.
Nokia claims that digitalization of its 5G network deployments will be leading to reductions in site visits (30 percent), as well as improvements in installation quality (30 percent), back office transactions (30 percent) and cycle times (25 percent).
Nokia said its digital deployment services have helped over 100 customers by bringing transparency to every phase of a project. Some of the customers of Nokia include Setar (Aruba); Taiwan Star (Taiwan); Orange (France) and Chungwa Telecom (Taiwan).
The digital deployment offering enables SPs to manage their assets by providing a digital database of network assets that can be used to remotely and virtually access sites, making it much easier to upgrade and expand their estate.
Digital deployment services include:
# Automated workflow orchestration to deploy the right crews, with the right equipment, at the right time and place
# Site digital database for faster technology evolution and upgrades as sites can be accessed remotely and CSPs can get a 360 virtual view
# Artificial intelligence and machine learning-powered tools to identify defects in real-time through automated analysis
# Real-time project dashboards for greater transparency and project management effectiveness
# Drone-led site visits to ensure site builds are completed ‘first time right’ with material inventory down to a one-inch accuracy
Nokia’s digital deployments are evolving to take advantage of the power of AI-based innovations, to improve efficiencies at scale.
Intelligent defect recognition will use machine learning-based algorithms to identify defects in real-time through automated analyses of pre/post implementation pictures or video content. The system will intelligently provide feedback on space availability to place specific equipment, without the need of a site visit.
Sanjay Goel, president of Global Services, Nokia, said: “Today, many operators suffer from a fragmented way in how their next-gen 5G networks are designed, built and managed. The adoption of automation, AI and the digitalization of assets are vital steps in a CSP’s digital transformation journey to capture the full potential of 5G.”
Chris Antlitz, principal analyst at TBR said: “Nokia’s customers will greatly benefit from digital-related innovations in infrastructure deployment services as these will help improve quality and speed KPIs and lower TCO pertaining to rolling out 5G networks.”