When the Unexpected Strikes: NSN Has 3 New Ways to Keep Networks Running
Published on: 19th Feb 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Nokia Solutions and Networks says that enhancements to its virtualized Operations Support System (OSS) enable operators to change large scale network configurations in record time and keep network operations running even if there are unexpected spikes in demand or in the unlikely event that a Network Operations Center (NOC) goes down.
Operators will also now get automatic, real-time prioritization of network issues based on subscriber impact.
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 virtualization is the automatic activation of all NetAct applications and content in a new location, should a disastrous situation damage a Network Operations Centre (NOC).
Enhancements to NSN's Serve atOnce 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 focused to resolve the issue and minimize the impact.
"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.