5G will present new challenges for network executives (CTIOs, CTOs, engineering directors & managers). They will need to at least double capacity, compared to 4G, due to the cell densification required to reach coverage and market needs.
Today’s roll-out methodologies rely on manual processes, email-based communication and isolated office tools. This isn’t optimal and it definitely won’t be fit for 5G – digital solutions are required to speed up efficient deployment, reduce CapEx and avoid issues such as long, daily meetings; repeated site visits; lack of clear, real-time oversight and more.
This Catalyst will address four key use cases to overcome these challenges:
- Objective 1: Speed up site survey processes and automate network inventory resource reservation using mobile apps and images
- Objective 2: Deploy augmented reality, machine learning and analytics for image interpretation to accelerate site verification during the installation process, thereby reducing costs and repeated work
- Objective 3: Implementing robotic process automation (RPA), big data and analytics to support closed-loop ‘over the air’ processes, reducing manual work and time
- Objective 4: Combining self-organizing networks (SON), single-site verification tools, machine learning, big data and analytics to speed up the initial cluster tuning phase.