The biggest driving factor for telecom operators is the ever increasing consumer demand for and faster data speeds from their mobile devices. This expansion of mobile usage presents a major growth opportunity to achieve greater revenue for telecom operators. However, this also means finding and securing a variety of sites and installing and managing complex combinations of equipment at these mobile sites.
A comprehensive platform that not only provides end-to-end lifecycle management for sites and assets, but also offers a visualization context to your site portfolio is the need of the day for most mobile operators. Automating tower builds while making sure that the process complies with regulatory requirements is the keystone of managing this network growth well.
Some of the underlying challenges for telecom operators are:
- Speed: It is crucial to roll out sites faster than the competition and scale up the assets to achieve predefined quality standards.
- Efficiency: A mechanism to effectively track, manage, and upgrade the asset infrastructure is essential to ensure high adoption rates.
- Upkeep: Scheduled alerts for recurring, preventive maintenance, as well as notifications for corrective maintenance of equipment is vital to manage asset health.
Historically, management of site assets has been achieved through lengthy spreadsheets and simple database tables. With tower infrastructure spread out over vast geographical areas, keeping track of assets and asset health can become a nightmare for operations teams.
Recent innovations in telecom software solutions offer 3D visualisation of towers, sites, and assets with detailed information for each category. Features such as 360-degree profiles of the tower that represent the positioning of existing equipment on the mobile tower and highlight the potential of upgrades to scale up, are useful tools to meet the ever-increasing demand.
Advances in these tools enable operations teams to plot exhaustive floor plans of the site to illustrate where equipment such as air-conditioners, power systems, generator sets, and more is located. Interactive graphical representation of server racks and rack plans helps operations teams in identifying where equipment such as BTS transceivers, duplexers, or amplifiers are located. This helps with planning network equipment upgrades, and installing new equipment without any negative impact.
Software solutions that combine advantages of site lifecycle management with graphical visualisation of assets at a highly granular level can empower mobile operators to drive growth and achieve a high degree of operational control over their network.