Introducing RAN 2.0
Intucell’s dynamic SON enables a new architecture for Radio Access Networks
Mobile network were planned back in the 20th century for a certain type of usage: few users, making mostly voice calls, outdoors (between home and office), and at very consistent patterns. The same networks today need to handle a very different situation: infinitely more users, consuming mostly data, increasingly indoors and wildly unpredictable. In the previous century networks could be optimized manually from time to time; today they must be managed automatically all the time. Back then networks were comprised exclusively of macro cells, today they are massively densfied with small cells of many kinds. To answer all these changes the Radio Access Network needs a new architecture – RAN 2.0.
Intucell’s SON enables the transition from the old RAN architecture to the new RAN 2.0:
- It facilitates rapid network densification through Plug & Play capabilities
- It manages and harmonizes all RAN technologies
- It protects network performance during the transition period
How we do it.
Using OSS data our technology detects coverage, overload and other issues in real time and automatically adjust the network to answer them. For example, when too many users are connected to a single cell tower, our system automatically adjusts the coverage by looping in assistance from nearby towers. The result is a “breathing network” that responds to actual changes in RF conditions.
Intucells’ SON consists of a central platform that coordinates the work of multiple applications for automatic and dynamic network management. These include Automatic Neighbor Relations, Load Balancing, Interference Management and more,
Dynamic feedback mechanism
Intucell’s SON reduces the risk to the network by breaking down its management to numerous tiny adjustments. Without Intucell, when optimization runs in cycles of weeks, each adjustment is big and concerns many areas and activities. Get it wrong – and the network will not only suffer, but it will also take some time until you realize it and can do anything about it. With Intucell, each step is small and feedback is immediate. If it has a zero or negative impact it is reverted instantly; otherwise it is kept. On average, 70-90% of the system’s adjustments are kept and contribute to ongoing performance improvement – at much reduced risk to the network.
This feedback mechanism dramatically changes the way Radio Access Networks are managed. It allows a proactive management process that is continuous and focuses on real current needs.