Enhancements to the Nokia Solutions and Networks virtualised Operations Support System (OSS) will enable operators to change large-scale network configurations in record time.
They will also keep network operations running even if there are unexpected spikes in demand or in the unlikely event that a network operations centre (NOC) goes down. Operators will also now get automatic, real-time prioritisation of network issues based on subscriber impact.
The industry’s first virtualised OSS, NetAct 8, now offers ways for operators to maintain high network availability and secure key network operations. Faster than ever before, operators will be able to change the configuration of up to 10,000 base stations automatically in a few minutes, compared to the hundreds of hours required to do so conventionally by manual reconfiguration.
This helps operators ensure continuity of communication, should an unexpected peak in demand congest a network, or severe weather or power outages threaten operational stability.
Also enabled by virtualisation is the automatic activation of all NetAct applications and content in a new location, should a disastrous situation damage a NOC. This ensures uninterrupted network and service operations without the cost to operators of building and maintaining a permanent back-up NOC.
Enhancements to NSN’s Serve at Once Traffica product allow operators to see immediately how many subscribers are affected by a network problem and list them in order of the scale of impact. Resources can thus be efficiently focused to resolve the issue and minimise the impact.
Performance Manager complements the Traffica solution with network performance trend information to understand typical capacity utilisation of the area. The pre-integration of the tools is available off-the-shelf. Combining useful alarm prioritisation with trending information, operators can achieve more efficient customer–centric operations.
"The functionality available through NSN's NetAct 8 will help operators keep communications going, even in extreme situations. This is very important for operational continuity, and is a tangible benefit resulting from virtualisation", said Clare McCarthy, practice leader, Telco operations & IT at Ovum.
“Unexpected situations can develop rapidly, but with virtualization, automation and moving to more customer-centric management of processes, operators can maintain excellent network and service performance,“ said Peter Patomella, vice president for CEM and OSS at NSN.
“To help operators upgrade to NetAct 8, the NSN Services team provides full support to ensure a smooth transition is made to a virtualized OSS. We are able to do this by drawing on our experience as the top OSS vendor and our global service expertise to help operators move to an OSS in the cloud era.”
NSN said it also speeds up the integration of multivendor networks through the newly signed OSS interoperability agreement.
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