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MantaRay NM

Intelligent network management for 5G

What is network management?  

Network management is an integral part of mobile networks. It covers configuring, automation and optimization tasks as well as monitoring, analytics and troubleshooting. Network management needs to follow the rhythm of network evolution.

In mobile networks, the volume of data traffic and network complexity are increasing continuously. Many operators are running multi-supplier and multi-technology networks, which brings a further challenge from network management perspective. Network management must be able to tackle both the increasing network complexity and the growing amount of traffic and data.

A network management system consists of tools for handling various network elements in live network and also for the future network expansion. It offers a wide range of common operation and maintenance capabilities for network elements in core, radio and transport networks both for managing physical network elements as well as virtualized network functions.

Why is intelligence necessary in network management?

With the introduction of 5G, there are more network elements, sites, and cells than ever before. Managing the complexity of 5G in a cost-efficient way requires more than just automation. Artificial Intelligence brings the necessary intelligence for managing 5G networks, resulting in operational efficiency.

Managing multi-technology networks is time-consuming. It is not possible to manually handle all network management tasks in a 5G network without impacting subscriber experience. Furthermore, most network outages are caused by human error. Automated routines with Artificial Intelligence algorithms help eliminate typical human mistakes. They also make introduction of new services faster. When the burden of repetitive network management tasks is moved to the algorithms, the operator’s network engineers can concentrate on more value-adding tasks.

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Nokia MantaRay

Midsummer Launch 2024: Mark Atkinson, Senior Vice President & Head of Radio Access Networks, introduces MantaRay NM XS, the compact network management configuration for campus and enterprise networks.

Single management system for all technologies

With MantaRay NM, mobile network operators can easily handle the continuous growth of data. Its seamless management capability shows the biggest values when there are many technologies and layers in the networks. Nokia MantaRay NM functionalities are developed to take care of 5G,as well as 2G/3G/4G from day 1.

It is a single management system for purpose-built RAN, Packet/Mobile Core, Enterprises and Cloud RAN.

This is also supported by the continuous introduction of additional features, for example zero-touch 5G rollout with Plug-and-Play functionality, mass base station rebuilding for smooth SRAN migration, or mass change verification on network elements.

Worlds first automated 4G/5G slicing in RAN domain

Nokia network management system is slice aware starting from 4G. Slice automation enables operators to streamline operations, thereby reducing operational costs and meeting expectations for service velocity. Nokia MantaRay NM is an integral part of Nokia‘s end-to-end 4G/5G radio slicing solution.

Our flagship network management system is providing both automated Configuration and Performance management for 4G/5G radio slices.

Artificial Intelligence in network management

Nokia MantaRay NM leverages big data and combines it with Artificial Intelligence techniques for various functionalities. Being the central source of network-wide operations, MantaRay NM also provides a great source of input for other Artificial Intelligence applications in operator networks.

There are close collaborations ongoing between operators and Nokia on AI concepts and use cases, e.g. intelligent correlation of network alarms. These innovations help maximize the value of AI in network management.

Reduce radio network energy consumption without compromising the end user experience

70-80 percent of a mobile network’s energy is consumed by base station sites. Mobile operators face an overall increase of 10-30 percent annually in mobile network energy use. Managing energy efficiency is necessary to control the costs while maintaining the service level that end users are expecting.

MantaRay NM is part of Nokia's MantaRay Energy solution, which significantly reduces power consumption of radio networks, helping operators reach their zero-emission targets.

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MantaRay Energy – AI-powered energy management

Benefits and features

Centralized view of multi-technology networks, including 5G, 4G, 3G and 2G

Nokia MantaRay NM delivers best-in-class tools for troubleshooting, administration, software management, configuration management and 4G/5G slice management

Comprehensive toolset with high levels of automation and Artificial Intelligence techniques

Ready-made, tailorable workflows, REST based APIs and command-line interfaces coupled with Artificial Intelligence techniques enabling automation for efficient roll-out and rapid troubleshooting

Release independence and continuous software delivery with MantaRay NM fast pass

MantaRay NM fast pass is an innovative solution from Nokia, proven to be the powerful rescue to create NMS-NE release independence 

Scalability for enterprises

MantaRay NM XS is the smallest, software-only configuration of MantaRay NM. You can run it on any hardware platform. It is part of the Nokia anyRAN solution for enterprises, which brings more choice and flexibility through collaboration with best-in-class system integrators and cloud core solution providers.

Easy integration in existing OSS environments, providing a set of open interfaces

A set of open interfaces based on industry standards and toolkits to ensure easy integration with 3rd party network elements, element management systems and other upper-level management systems

Energy monitoring and reporting

Comprehensive energy monitoring and reporting provides energy-related insights helping to identify high energy usage sites

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