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Russian telco deploys Cisco self-optimising network

Steve Rogerson
March 3, 2016
 
Russian telco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has installed a network using Cisco technology that automatically optimises in real time to improve the quality of voice and data services.
 
The self-optimising network (SON) automatically analyses a network elements' load and performs proactive online adjustment of the network parameters, while dynamically adapting the network capacity in line with subscriber traffic profile changes.
 
"MTS is the first Russian operator to adopt and fully deploy a SON designed to dynamically optimise its networks," said Andrei Ushatskiy, chief technology officer at MTS. “It significantly improves the network performance and directly impacts our subscribers' experience. When used under heavy loads, Cisco's SON helped to increase data speed on average by 20%, network availability by 25%, and decrease dropped calls by about 10%. It enables MTS to both improve the quality of services and reduce the network build-up costs through optimisation of base station interoperation.”
 
The technology has been successfully deployed for MTS's 3G network in and around Moscow. This year, MTS plans to deploy the network for Moscow LTE networks and will then optimise heterogeneous networks including small cells.
 
MTS plans to introduce similar systems in other regions of the Russian Federation. A pilot project has been running in Sochi since winter 2014.
 
"We are delighted that MTS has selected Cisco SON to optimise its network," said Scott Morrison, vice president at Cisco. “We believe that our relationship will continue to support this development, and help ensure the MTS customers get the best quality of service.      
 
Cisco's SON is already being deployed by tier-one service providers and mobile operators helping to optimise more than a million cells in 3G and 4G networks around the world.