Feature Article

June 12, 2009

Actix, Tier One Operator Develop SON for 3G/ 4G Networks

Network Status Management (NSM) solutions provider Actix, has announced it is collaborating with a tier one mobile operator group in Europe to conduct research and develop Self-Optimizing Network (SON) capabilities for 3G and 4G mobile networks.
The R&D team aims to develop automated network status management diagnostic capabilities. They also intend to focus on the refinement of centralized, closed-loop SON systems to provide self-optimization of 3G and 4G networks.
Elaborating on the rationale behind the partnership, officials explain that the 3GPP and NGMN Alliance understand the need for SON. They see SON as a key functionality in Next Generation Networks such as LTE.
LTE needs more effort to optimize and leads to instability in the network, particularly in early deployment phases. Thus it will be necessary to have self-optimizing processes in place before deployments go live.
Actix claims they are the only company that can offer a solution in the SON space that enables self-optimization and self-healing.
Alex Hawker, Actix CEO said that in the future, SON technology is going to be critical for delivering on the mobile broadband user experience promise.
“Operators are already running multiple networks in 2G, 3G and HSPA and overlaying yet another means network status management automation really is the only cost-effective option.”
Hawker said this latest SON research and development collaboration will be based on the real-time processing capabilities of the widely deployed ActixOne NSM system. He stressed that this collaboration proves the continued industry leadership of Actix and its operator customers in pushing the boundaries of RAN automation and the self-optimization of 3G and 4G networks.
Actix has vast experience in working with industry leaders and peers on a number of research projects including. They are working with the Easy-C consortium (Enablers for Ambient Services and Systems – Part C), a 4th generation network research group that aims to research and trial the wireless broadband technology of the future.

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for MobilityTechzone. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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