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MTN: Main Africa’s progress of autonomous networks


TM Discussion board’s annual Digital Transformation World (DTW) is a significant occasion within the communications trade, the place innovation involves life, inspiration is sparked, connections are made, and data is gained. Round 3500+ attendees, 50+ CSP VPs, and above from 100+ nations joined this occasion. Community automation is a scorching matter and it is likely one of the 5 most important tracks throughout this exhibition.

Because the entrance runner of this digital period from the African continent, MTN reveals its spectacular affect on this trade. Mr. Mohamed Salah, Head of Community Operation and Transformation joined the discharge of TM Discussion board Autonomous Networks white paper 5.0 (Autonomous Networks: Empowering digital transformation – evolving from Stage 2/3 in the direction of Stage 4 (IG1326)) as a contributor.

Determine 1: TM Discussion board Autonomous Networks white paper 5.0 launch

After the white paper launch, he additionally delivered a keynote speech titled “Main Africa’s Progress of Autonomous Community” on the Autonomous Networks summit in DTW 2023.

Determine 2: Mr. Mohamed Salah, Head of Community Operation and Transformation, MTN Group

MTN, the most important cell community operator in Africa, offers voice, information, fintech, digital, enterprise, wholesale, and API companies to greater than 290 million prospects in 19 markets.

In the course of the speech, Mr. Mohamed Salah supplied insights into MTN’s firm technique “Ambition 2025” and the technical technique “PACE” (Platform, Agile, Connectivity, and Expertise) which anchors to accelerating the PACE of Ambition 2025.

Inside PACE, value-based automation is likely one of the most vital pillars, and it’s charged with the difference of autonomous networks into MTN’s community.

From 2021, MTN has launched into its journey to the Autonomous Networks. In 2023, MTN handed by the milestones of consensus & standardization and began to deal with industrial promotion. “For autonomous community implementation, we now have a transparent understanding that value-based automation is the important thing.”, launched by Mr. Mohamed Salah.

A 3-D mannequin of Service, Community, and Worth Stream is used to pick the worth situation, the place service refers to service expertise and repair kind (ToB/ToC/ToH/…), Community refers back to the infrastructure (transport, IP, RAN, and many others.) and Worth Stream primarily seek advice from the operation stream. After the sure situation handed the worth situation choice, it entered the 4-step iteration loop of the autonomous community degree together with evaluation, Hole evaluation, Answer Design, and Implementation to advertise the autonomous community degree of every situation.

Up till 2023, MTN has applied 21 autonomous community use circumstances in 5 OpCos. In the course of the presentation, Mr. Mohamed Salah additionally launched a few of their circumstances cooperated with Huawei.

Clever load shedding administration: South Africa is going through an influence provide concern and struggling load shedding every day. In 2023, there have been 1176 hours of complete energy outage as much as week 29, which had an enormous impact on the community availability and buyer satisfaction. Proactive administration was applied to handle this problem. With the load shedding plan from the ability provider and the community information reminiscent of site visitors, and web site location as enter, the identical make clever scheduling to for battery alternative, cell generator deployment, and gas refilling. The work orders are dispatched mechanically to shut well timed prematurely to keep away from web site outages.

After the system was applied, the community availability improved by 4% in contrast with earlier than.

Finest expertise cell backhaul: NPS (Internet Promoter Rating) is vital to MTN, to help this purpose, a greatest expertise cell backhaul community is obligatory. Site visitors engineering to keep away from community congestion was a time-consuming and extremely required workload. MTN applied a community digital map to have real-time consciousness of the community useful resource standing data reminiscent of pack misplaced charge (PLR), web site availability, hyperlink availability, and many others. The dynamic paths are calculated and the site visitors optimization engineering is carried out mechanically. After this autonomous community use case was applied, greater than 12k instances of automated site visitors engineering was performed by the system, and community site visitors elevated by 15%. This automated site visitors engineering successfully avoids consumer site visitors suppression attributable to community congestion and offers vital help for the community NPS.

On the finish of his speech, Mr. Mohamed Salah shared the MTN autonomous community framework blueprint (2023) with the entire trade as a reference for all of the attendees to know MTN’s technique and practices in Autonomous Networks.




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