Ericsson selected for AI-based RAN optimization by NTT DOCOMO

ericsson.com | March 04, 2020

Ericsson has been selected by Japanese communications service provider NTT DOCOMO as its AI-based optimization solution vendor for its nationwide radio access network (RAN).The companies have been collaborating on introducing new solutions for decades, recently focusing on 5G proof of concept activities. The AI-based Performance Diagnostic solution for RAN optimization is one such effort and result of this collaboration. Leveraging on Ericsson’s global knowledge and experience, and collaborating with NTT DOCOMO’s network optimization expertise, the AI-based Performance Diagnostic solution will apply innovative machine learning and complex problem-solving techniques to classify cell performance issues and recommend changes. NTT DOCOMO’s planning and optimization teams will be able to evaluate the solution’s output to expedite optimization efforts accurately and in a timely manner.The companies conducted trials in 12 cities. The Ericsson Performance Diagnostics solution achieved 98% accuracy in classifying performance issues. The commercial operation to cover nationwide network is planned for March 2020.Hozumi Tamura, Executive Vice President, NTT DOCOMO, says: “NTT DOCOMO has proactively worked on service area expansion and communication quality improvement in an effort to provide comfortable communication areas to our customers.  Leveraging AI and our know-how that has been developed for years, we will further improve network quality.

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Ascent | April 04, 2022

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subex | November 05, 2020

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Hightouch | April 18, 2022

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