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No confirmation of parameter changes

Unknown managed site quality

“These are the parameter changes we need made to 10 clusters.  Are you asking if I trust Managed Services to do it properly?  If I did, would I be spending hours the next day on the M2000?” – RF Engineer

“”I’ve had to insource radio network management because of issues with our 3rd party. I just didn’t realise how badly sites were managed. ” – Head of RAN

Not-ready sites going live

Unable to validate rollout status

“These vendors…they rollout a new site, it’s clearly not ready, they light it up and then send me the invoice.  Every day, I’m logged in to the OSS to see if they’ve done their job”. – Rollout Manager

“”It’s a little embarrassing because every day, I’m relying on my vendor to tell me which sites have been rolled out.” – RAN Project Manager

Network inconsistency

High data preparation costs

“The guys in the west do their own thing.  The north – no one cares.  And here in the central team, we simply can’t go around manually checking everyone’s work” – National RF Manager.

“It’s hard enough to find and keep skilled engineers, and then they get tired of being asked to spend hours going through data every day” – CTO

Outages due to configuration changes

Unreported failed changes

“Every time there’s an outage at that site, someone’s been messing about making changes.   It takes a few days to find out and then it becomes a blame game.” – Operations Engineer

“I never know if my parameter changes applied successfully.  It always seems as if it is, but I find out the hard way that somewhere, something failed” –  Optimisation Engineer

Undocumented changes over upgrades

Upgrade impacts parameter values

“I’m tired of RAN upgrades.  A hundred new parameters come in, undocumented, and many of the existing ones change names!   Tools just stop working properly” – Optimisation Engineer

“The last performance degradation we had was over an upgrade.  A few hundred parameters were reset to their default values.  I mean….surely this was checked?? –  Head of RAN

Feature trial impacts network performance

Sites not optimised for high traffic events

“We did a VoLTE trial.  They set it up on the wrong site over the weekend.  Monday morning we found out.  It wasn’t a happy time.” – Operations Manager

“How did the central NOC implementation team miss optimising an entire site around the stadium for the Final?” – RF Manager

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MANAGED SERVICES

No confirmation of parameter changes

Unknown managed site quality

“These are the parameter changes we need made to 10 clusters.  Are you asking if I trust Managed Services to do it properly?  If I did, would I be spending hours the next day on the M2000?” – RF Engineer

“”I’ve had to insource radio network management because of issues with our 3rd party. I just didn’t realise how badly sites were managed. ” – Head of RAN

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NETWORK ROLLOUT

Not-ready sites going live

Unable to validate rollout status

“These vendors…they rollout a new site, it’s clearly not ready, they light it up and then send me the invoice.  Every day, I’m logged in to the OSS to see if they’ve done their job”. – Rollout Manager

“”It’s a little embarrassing because every day, I’m relying on my vendor to tell me which sites have been rolled out.” – RAN Project Manager

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OPTIMISATION

Network inconsistency

High data preparation costs

“The guys in the west do their own thing.  The north – no one cares.  And here in the central team, we simply can’t go around manually checking everyone’s work” – National RF Manager.

“It’s hard enough to find and keep skilled engineers, and then they get tired of being asked to spend hours going through data every day” – CTO

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OPERATIONS

Outages due to configuration changes

Unreported failed changes

“Every time there’s an outage at that site, someone’s been messing about making changes.   It takes a few days to find out and then it becomes a blame game.” – Operations Engineer

“I never know if my parameter changes applied successfully.  It always seems as if it is, but I find out the hard way that somewhere, something failed” –  Optimisation Engineer

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UPGRADES

Undocumented changes over upgrades

Upgrade impacts parameter values

“I’m tired of RAN upgrades.  A hundred new parameters come in, undocumented, and many of the existing ones change names!   Tools just stop working properly” – Optimisation Engineer

“The last performance degradation we had was over an upgrade.  A few hundred parameters were reset to their default values.  I mean….surely this was checked?? –  Head of RAN

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SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

Feature trial impacts network performance

Sites not optimised for high traffic events

“We did a VoLTE trial.  They set it up on the wrong site over the weekend.  Monday morning we found out.  It wasn’t a happy time.” – Operations Manager

“How did the central NOC implementation team miss optimising an entire site around the stadium for the Final?” – RF Manager

USING CONFIGURATION DATA

Why configuration data?
Hasn't it been done before?
Are there any benefits?
What's required to make this work?
  • Most of the challenges described previously leave footprints
  • These may be through transaction logs, alarm data or performance counters
  • All these footprints are driven by network configuration parameter data
  • Yes it has. But there are inherent challenges

  • Not easy to process large volumes of messy configuration data
  • Slow learning curve before operators are able to extract value from data
  • Many operators end up developing in-house capability
  • We've seen effective configuration analysis save operators over seven figures in 12 months through reduced costs and improved quality.

    More pointedly, engineering and management teams have seen the benefit of less time wasted on mind-numbing data processing and more productive effort on network quality analysis.

  • Be prepared to deal with an initial network state that is unexpectedly poor
  • Willing to rethink the approach to configuration data analysis
  • Accept that the key to long term benefit is team education
  • Annual cost impact using real samples

    THE QNET TOOLBOX

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    VOYAGER

    Full-fledged configuration engine for the Operator looking to maximise revenue through improved network consistency.

    Provides Operators with the flexibility to segment their networks against multiple business priorities in order to execute meaningful consistency checks.

    • Handles 2G 3G and 4G networks
    • Supports Ericsson Nokia and Huawei
    • Available cloud or on-premise

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    EXPLORER

    Introduction for the Operator asking the question “How can configuration analysis help my network?”

    Provides a cost-effective way for Operators to test their network configuration data and evaluate the potential benefits of improving network consistency.

    • Built-in XML navigator
    • Configuration templates for quick start
    • Cloud instance available within 24 hours

    Clear pricing structure with no hidden add-ons

    12-month product support with every QNET license

    How-to guides and templates for immediate results

    DECEMBER 2017

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    QNET Release 1.2

    • Streamlined rule engine with more user-friendly templates
    • Support for layering strategy.  
    • API interface for network statistics.

    Release Status @ June 2017

    Statistical Analysis
    40%
    Explorer support for E///
    75%
    Rule Engine update
    60%