Telefonica Germany Integrates O2 and E-Plus Networks With MYCOM OSI
MYCOM OSI announced at MWC that Telefonica Germany is realizing Europe’s largest network merger project using its Network Performance Management solution to optimize network performance, quality of service and capacity for the consolidated network.
In 2014 Telefonica acquired KPN’s E-Plus to become Germany’s largest mobile network operator with 44 million subscribers. In 2016 it started integrating both O2 and E-Plus network infrastructure so as to provide customers with an outstanding network experience of coverage, performance and quality, as well as to realize reduced capital and operational costs. The network integration project started with GSM and UMTS technologies in early 2016 and added a combined LTE infrastructure in mid-2016.
As part of the network merger, the operations – including NOC/SOC and the underlying OSS – will be also combined, consolidated and upgraded to state-of-the-art. One of the biggest operational challenges is to manage the joint network performance and quality of service as well as to optimize the capacity of the new integrated network without any impact on customer experience.
After reviewing the market and conducting a competitive evaluation of leading suppliers, Telefonica Germany selected the MYCOM OSI PrOptima™ unified performance management product to optimize network performance, quality of service and capacity management. Key to the selection decision was MYCOM OSI’s proven delivery ability, high technical compliance and fast deployment, as well as the broadest support for multiple technologies and equipment vendors across RAN, CS Core, PS Core and VAS networks.
Other important factors in selecting MYCOM OSI were the ability to process very large volumes of performance management data in near real-time and the generation of the advanced correlations and computations that would result in accurate capacity utilization and forecasts. It was also very important that the system provided scalability to meet the size of the merged network as well as its growth in the future.
“Both O2 and E-Plus independently used MYCOM OSI PrOptima™ performance management systems successfully for many years prior to the network merger, and although we comprehensively evaluated other solutions in the market, MYCOM OSI was re-confirmed as the leading solution,” said Marcus Thurand, VP Network Operations, Telefonica Germany, “But in addition, MYCOM OSI differentiated with their integrated ProInsight™ network analytics product and Guided Diagnostics solutions which we plan to roll out soon to help with our planning and operational processes.”
“Telefonica Germany is renowned for its technical leadership but even with Telefonica Germany’s immense technical skill and experience the merger of these two networks and their operational processes is a complex challenge in the industry,” commented MYCOM OSI President and CTO, Mounir Ladki. “Certainly the ability for MYCOM OSI technology to scale end-to-end across very large networks, process high volumes of data in near-real time, and seamlessly integrate network analytics are key to success. But underpinning this is the fundamental reason that MYCOM OSI has the deep telecom expertise to build high-quality technology that works in real-world, complex and challenging environments.”