Telecom Lead Africa: Cellular operator MTN South Africa has adopted Celcite’s COPS-AIC software solution, as a service, for optimizing its 2G and 3G networks.
MTN’s optimization engineers will use COPS-AIC software to complement its existing tools with better efficiencies to assist in improving network quality indicators. It will assist with automatically diagnosing the overall root causes of network issues, and discriminating between RF and operational issues.
MTN subscribers will benefit as they can expect improved experience of network quality.
“MTN was looking for a tool to empower its engineers and further improve efficiencies,” said Graham Kemp, Celcite’s Regional MD for Africa. “As networks become more complex, with multiple bands and carriers, it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain and optimize these without the use of automation through intelligent correlation of diverse data sources.”
COPS-AIC will enable MTN to further optimize its 2G and 3G Radio networks, giving it more stable base from which to roll out additional 3G capacity, and also time bandwidth to optimize its new LTE network as it is rolled out.
“The trial of COPS-AIC demonstrated impressive results over the limited trial area, with substantial improvements reported in network quality brought about by improved engineering efficiency,” said Jason Murray, senior manager – Radio Optimisation, MTN.
MTN South Africa has 20 million customers in South Africa.