Digi becomes first to sign up to Elisa's SON

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Digi Communications' Romanian subsidiary has become the first customer of Elisa's new SON solution.

RCS & RDS will use Elisa's SON software, which will be integrated into its multi-vendor network, a software development kit for algorithm development and professional services as it shifts towards zero touch network operations.

The SON solution was announced last week, aiming to help operators manage traffic load across their network without the need for human automation.

RCS & RDS has approximately 3.2 million mobile customers across Romania.

Valentin Popoviciu, Vice President of RCS & RDS and Executive Director of Digi Communications, said: “Our goal is to provide the best customer experience in Romania for our mobile services, as we are already delivering with our state of the art fixed fibre network.

"We see that network optimisation needs to be increasingly automatised due to increasing complexity of networks and use of varying mobile data applications.

"We are impressed about Elisa Automate track record in self-optimising networks, not only about the proven algorithms, but also how the solution is designed to address our needs for automation.

"Elisa SON is built by an operator to operators, and is based on hands on understanding what needs to be in the networks, from the customers’ perspective."

Speaking to Mobile Europe last week, Kirsi Valtari, Senior VP, Telco Efficiency Business at Elisa, said it had developed the solution to help operators cope with demands for increased efficiency, dramatic increases in data usage and continued pressure on capex.

It has already been using the solution across its Finnish and Estonian operations.