Nokia has just announced that it had signed an agreement with Orange to extend its SON (Self-Organizing Networks) technology to all 5G networks operated by the Orange group. The agreement will cover all of Orange’s markets, starting with France and Spain. “Nokia SON technology will allow the operator to automate its operations to realize the full potential of its existing 2G, 3G and 4G networks, while supporting the gradual rollout of 5G,” says Nokia.
The agreement will cover all Orange markets, starting with France and Spain. Nokia is the provider of 2G, 3G and 4G networks, covering more than one million Orange radio cells in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
An agnostic application layer
The centralized SON platform automates operations using AI to help eliminate the complexities of multi-vendor and multi-layered networks, which are naturally found among global operators. SON technology is agnostic when it comes to the hardware it is installed on.
It is an application layer that works on top of radio technology, allowing Orange to optimize its direct commercial networks, regardless of their manufacturer. It offers the ability to automate radio network configuration and optimization processes, as well as improve network performance and efficiency to respond to the rise of 5G.
By eliminating the complexities of multi-vendor and multi-layered networks deployed at operators, it allows operators to focus on serving customers, delivering better network quality with greater reliability and speed, Nokia explains.