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Smart Optimization

SoftBank Mobile wanted to secure high-performance mobile broadband services following the rapid traffic shift to LTE, prepare for VoLTE and manage signaling increase in the most highly populated metropolitan areas in the world.

  • Ericsson
    Ericsson provides services, software and infrastructure in mobility, broadband and the cloud that enable the communications industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve their users' experience and capture new opportunities.Year founded: 1876Revenue: $26.8 billion (2014)NASDAQ: ERIC
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Product Development
  • Process Control & Optimization
    Process control and optimization (PCO) is the discipline of adjusting a process to maintain or optimize a specified set of parameters without violating process constraints. The PCO market is being driven by rising demand for energy-efficient production processes, safety and security concerns, and the development of IoT systems that can reliably predict process deviations. Fundamentally, there are three parameters that can be adjusted to affect optimal performance. - Equipment optimization: The first step is to verify that the existing equipment is being used to its fullest advantage by examining operating data to identify equipment bottlenecks. - Operating procedures: Operating procedures may vary widely from person-to-person or from shift-to-shift. Automation of the plant can help significantly. But automation will be of no help if the operators take control and run the plant in manual. - Control optimization: In a typical processing plant, such as a chemical plant or oil refinery, there are hundreds or even thousands of control loops. Each control loop is responsible for controlling one part of the process, such as maintaining a temperature, level, or flow. If the control loop is not properly designed and tuned, the process runs below its optimum. The process will be more expensive to operate, and equipment will wear out prematurely. For each control loop to run optimally, identification of sensor, valve, and tuning problems is important. It has been well documented that over 35% of control loops typically have problems. The process of continuously monitoring and optimizing the entire plant is sometimes called performance supervision.
  • SoftBank Mobile is a subsidiary of the telecommunications company SoftBank. It is one of the top 10 telecommunication companies globally and the fastest growing operator in Japan.
  • SoftBank Mobile worked with Ericsson to expand its network. In managing the rapid traffic shift from WCDMA to LTE. Ericsson provided a solution includes complete Evolved Packet Core solution, including SGSN-MME Smart and Adaptive Paging functionality to optimize signaling, deployment of LTE RAN using the RBS 6000 and full suite of services.

    Hardware Components
    - RBS 6000

    Software Components
    - Ericsson SGSN-MME Smart
    - Adaptive Paging
  • Emerging (technology has been on the market for > 2 years)
  • Impact #1
    [Cost Reduction - R&D]
    Ongoing application development and improvements are relatively quick and inexpensive to implement due to the system's flexibility.
    Impact #2
    Impact #3
  • Benefit #1
    The solution reduced CPU load by almost 50%, reducing the need for future capital investment.
    Benefit #2
    The solution reduced signaling by 70% in RAN and EPC.
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