Vodafone pledges better 3G reliability

SON performs network optimisation and load balancing in busy periods

Vodafone has deployed self-organizing network (SON) technology to enhance reliability on its 3G network during high-usage situations, the telco announced today.

The SON technology upgrades Vodafone’s operations support systems to perform near real-time network optimisation and load balancing on the 3G network. The telco already has SON on its 4G network.

Vodafone operates a hybrid SON. It has deployed centralised SON technology for the 3G network and a distributed SON on the 4G network.

As part of the deployment in the 3G network, Vodafone has rolled out Automatic Neighbour Relations (ANR), Mobility Load Balancing (MLB), Coverage and Capacity Optimization (CCO) and Inter Band Inter Carrier Load Balancing (IBIC LB).

“Reliability during events such as New Year’s Eve and football finals will improve significantly,” Vodafone CTO Benoit Hanssen said in a statement.

“This SON deployment will improve the service for customers during periods of busy mobile phone use by alleviating congestion in the 3G and 4G networks. It will result in better call success rates, faster connections and consistent data downloads at peak periods, which will be welcomed by all our customers especially when they’re on the move.”

Adam Bender covers telco and enterprise tech issues for Computerworld and is the author of dystopian sci-fi novels We, The Watched and Divided We Fall. Follow him on Twitter: @WatchAdam

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