Network Element Migration
Streamlining Infrastructure for Mobile Network Operators
Assessment and assignment of resources
Comprehensive planning for site and circuit scheduling
Transfer functionality to the new technology and equipment
Phase 1 – Preparation
Before initiating the migration process, MNOs must undertake a thorough assessment of the existing resources used per circuit. This evaluation helps in defining the target circuit compared to the current setup. To streamline this process, Lemcon utilizes the Migration Book, a dedicated database that allows technicians to record network elements based on their physical and logical positions. Additionally, schedules are assigned to the works, ensuring proper planning and execution.
The Migration Book proves invaluable for Lemcon as it enables mapping of the physical locations of network modules that require upgrading, replacement, or removal. This mapping facilitates clustering of physical works, minimizing disruptions to end-users. Furthermore, circuit locations for both legacy and new circuits are identified, allowing for efficient swapping with minimal circuit disruption.
Phase 2 – Planning
Once the migration schedule is received, Lemcon retrieves the migration instructions from the Migration Book. These instructions outline the necessary steps and requirements for successful migration. A comprehensive plan is then prepared, encompassing the physical requirements at each site. To facilitate this process, data reports per element are generated, detailing both the old and new configurations. These reports are automatically produced from the Migration Book, ensuring accuracy and consistency.
Phase 3 – Migration
The migration phase involves a series of standardized instructions derived from the prepared plan. Before the installation of new circuits, a pre-inspection is conducted to assess the readiness of the network. Once the inspection is complete, the new circuits are installed, and the cutover from the old to the new circuits takes place. This transition is followed by confirmation testing to verify the successful migration and ensure proper functionality. Finally, a migration report is generated, documenting the entire process.
Phase 4 – Completion and Confirmation
In the final phase of network element migration, Lemcon assists MNOs in dismantling old hardware and unused connections and equipment. The old hardware is then delivered to the MNO’s warehouse for appropriate disposal or repurposing. To ensure accurate record-keeping, completion reports are generated per circuit, including key data such as serial numbers. This meticulous documentation aids in maintaining an organized inventory and provides crucial information for future reference.
Benefits of Network Element Migration
Network element migration offers benefits for Mobile Network Operators, enabling them to stay at the forefront of technology and provide enhanced services to their customers. Key advantages include:
Improved Efficiency: By removing end-of-life equipment and consolidating resources, MNOs can optimize their network infrastructure, leading to improved operational efficiency and cost savings.
Enhanced Network Capabilities: Network element migration allows MNOs to bring the latest technologies to their customers promptly. This ensures improved network performance, increased capacity, and enhanced user experience.
Minimized Disruptions: Through accurate planning and clustering of physical works, network element migration minimizes disruptions to end-users. This ensures uninterrupted service during the migration process.
Streamlined Inventory Management: Accurate documentation and completion reports enable MNOs to maintain a well-organized inventory. This simplifies future equipment management, replacement, and upgrades.