Celcite Management Solutions announced the launch of its Multi-Technology Self-Organizing Networks (SON) solution. As networks are becoming more complex, integrating multi-band (700/900/1800/2100/2600MHz), multi-carrier systems and combining GSM, UMTS, HSPA and LTE technologies, inter-technology interaction now has a three-dimensional impact on network performance.

Celcite’s Multi–Technology SON solution has been specifically developed to measure and manage the interaction between the different technologies and layers, and provides a technology - and vendor-agnostic platform that enables operators to manage these complex networks efficiently.

Presently, LTE SON standards (Rel9) include several use cases such as Plug & Play installation, Automatic Neighbour Relation (ANR) or handover (HO) optimization, although these are only valid for single-vendor networks. In reality the mobile operators will continue to employ underlying multi-vendor GSM / UMTS / HSPA networks that carry substantial traffic/ARPU, and these will need to be maintained and optimised alongside LTE deployment.

With multiple UMTS carriers being launched to meet increasing data traffic demands, the use of LTE SON alone will not help operators reduce their OPEX in managing the existing technology layers that continue to provide the majority of their revenues. To increase network efficiency and improve service quality to end users, operators need to deploy a multi-technology SON solution such as Celcite’s, which works across 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, allowing them to incrementally reduce OPEX.

“A key challenge for LTE operators is to provide high speed data in a cost-effective manner, while achieving a good margin,” commented Rahul Sharma, CEO of Celcite. “With the launch of its Multi-Technology SON solution, Celcite can now offer products and services to help operators to manage all the cellular technologies – GSM, UMTS, HSPA and LTE – and to achieve substantial OPEX savings across the complete wireless network.”

Operators who are managing the legacy 2G/3G technologies will wish to run their LTE operations and maintenance using existing workflows and resources. By using Celcite’s Multi-Technology SON solution, they can achieve substantial savings that are generated through:

* Centralized, Multi-Technology, Multi-Vendor Intelligent Operating Support System (OSS)

* Automation of tasks with more than 70% operation efficiency

* Flexible engineering rules and algorithms that work across technologies

* Root Cause Analysis using Automatic Intelligent Correlation of performance, configuration, alarms and planning data

* Substantial reduction of drive testing by correlating OSS mobile recordings/traces and geo-location data Celcite solutions are already helping wireless operators manage over 250,000 multi-vendor, multi-technology sectors with substantial improvements in efficiency (more than 70%) resulting in reduced OPEX, as well as achieving better KPIs and establishing consistency between different engineers and markets.

With its centralized platform, Celcite Multi-Technology SON processes terabytes of network information – KPIs / KQIs along with configuration / alarms data – across all vendors and technologies, and provides root cause analysis and optimization recommendations to improve network KPIs, based on the automatic intelligent algorithms. The engineer is given the option to either accept, reject or implement the changes that have been recommended.

Celcite is exhibiting at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona on 14th - 17th February 2011 at Stand C38 in Hall 2.1.