Reduce OPEX While Improving QoS with Self Organizing Networks

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Reduce OPEX While Improving QoS with Self Organizing Networks

By Susan J. Campbell

Operational expenditures (OPEX) are a necessary evil in the larger organization. When it comes to managing the network however, network operator decision makers can improve the quality of service delivered to the customer base - a key focus in a market dedicated to developing customer loyalty - while also reducing OPEX when the network is able to organize itself to achieve maximum efficiency.

Alcatel-Lucent's self-organizing network (SON) technology is specifically designed by Bell Labs to reduce network planning, deployment and optimization costs as it automates the configuration and optimization of the femtocell. The result is higher throughout and faster, more reliable data connections that ensure the experience is optimized for all involved.

With this higher throughout and more reliable data connections, the femtocells can increase the uptake of 3G services, thereby generating additional revenues from services the network operator already offers. In addition, application programming interfaces (APIs) are integrated with applications to greatly enhance the potential for new and innovative services - enhancing the appeal to the customer.

With SON technology powered by the W-CDMA experience and Bell Labs research and development, the planning and development cost of small cells are greatly reduced. At the same time, network performance and operational efficiency is improved.

SON empowers small cells to automatically configure as well as periodically monitor, update and optimize its neighbor relation lists and handover parameters to eliminate unwanted handovers at the end of the macro network. This approach reduces handover failures by as much as 80 percent. SON also enables the small cell to adjust its transmit power and the scheduling of resource settings to avoid intercell interference.

With this focus, the network operator can not only ensure it is providing a high Quality of Service (QoS), but also reducing OPEX so as to enjoy healthy margins in a tightly competitive industry. Such an approach can help the operator to maintain a loyal base, while also positioning to aggressively compete.

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