Nokia this week announced the launch of Network Planning and Optimization(NPO) Transformation service to help operators manage their wireless networks better and more cost effectively. The new portfolio combines Nokia's cloud technologies with global expertise, proven tools and methodologies.
As operators take advantage of the opportunities offered by 4.5G and 4.5G Pro on the path towards 5G, they are tasked with simplifying the network operations of multiple legacy radio technologies. Nokia claims that the NPO Transformation service will help them do this, reducing the time spent on network planning and optimization by up to 40 percent and freeing resources to focus on proactive customer-centric tasks.
The service includes an operational assessment which uses value stream mapping and a task model, developed from Nokia's extensive experience in conducting transformation projects with multiple operators. With tools such as the recently launched, cloud-based AVA platform, Nokia said it can enhance knowledge of the customer experience, allowing operators to make the most of existing infrastructure and to prioritize future investments more efficiently.
At the same time, Nokia is also trialing the use of new technologies such as drones to cut the time, cost and manpower spent on traditional drive- and walk-testing. One customer trial used drones for optimizing network performance in a sports stadium.