The biggest challenge to providing rural areas with always-on, ubiquitous, high speed mobile coverage is not technical or political, it is economics. According to industry sources, the average cellular revenue per rural square mile in the United States, for example, is $262 whereas the average cellular revenue per urban square mile is $248,000. Operational costs are particularly challenging, especially in rural areas, where there is an undeveloped power grid and the nearest service technician is miles away.
The Telecom Infra Project, a global community of companies and organizations dedicated to drive infrastructure solutions to advance global connectivity, has made it its mission to enable access for all.
This October they are holding an exciting virtual event Plugfest on Rural Site Configuration, focusing on looking into the best and most economical ways to install, configure and maintain operator rural sites.
Atrinet is proud to take a lead as sponsor and moderator of the Panel 4 session on maintenance and configuration of rural sites starting Thursday October 22 at 09:00 AM PDT.
“Breaking down the operational complexity of a rural site into its component parts offers clear insight into why mobile operators MUST have an automated network management system,” explains Ohad Kamer, CMO Atrinet. “They want to reduce OPEX to a minimum and allow for flexible, lower cost multi-vendor deployments to sustain a reasonable level of profitability when operating rural networks,”
“To avoid vendor lock-in, The rural operator has to manage many different vendors, types of equipment, such as antennas, integrated eNodeBs, vSAT modems in some cases, power controllers, network management systems, in different combinations” says Kamer. “Without an effective and unified end-to-end automated network management system, this can easily be an expensive logistical nightmare.”
The main items covered by Panel 4 include:
– Prevention of vendor lock in by vendor agnostic management and control
– Perform remote configuration and setting of all elements using a single management system
– Integration of new sites management with the existing OSS and BSS systems
Atrinet estimates that by automating the installation, new service introduction and maintenance of rural sites, operators can save 40% on Opex and 50% on headcount.
To learn more about the best practices to achieve these cost reductions and improve the profitability of rural connectivity, visit the Atrinet virtual booth at the event.
Hear more about Atrinet’s contribution to rural site configuration through a single automated NMS for all vendors, elements and services. Take advantage of the Atrinet starter kit, offering an Open Source code for all TIP vendors.
We look forward to seeing you at the event.