The following process walkthrough describes step-by-step how x:akta can help a mobile operator to integrate a new RAN site, and shows how many different departments benefits using a common planning and implementation platform - x:akta ETT.
|1. Marketing decides on a polygon for new coverage areas based on marketing figures..|
|2. RF Engineering creates a "best server" site as a virtual site and create a search area for each.|
|3. Project Administration creates "search areas" with information about, e.g. search area name, 3G or 4G option etc.|
|4. Project Administration assigns each individual project to an Acquisition team|
|5. The Acquisition team looks for site candidates in the search area polygon. A list of possible site candidates inside the search area is created. The site candidates list is handed over to RF Engineering and to Transmission for LOS tests.
|6. Transmission performs the LOS tests and checks whether the site can be integrated using microwave or needs fixed network transmission access.|
|7. RF Engineering looks for coverage plots which are calculated in the radio engineering tool. All candidates are validated and the best ones are taken as possible candidates.
|8. The Acquisition team tries to lease the site and to achieve a contract with the landlord.|
9. The Transmission team plans the connectivity details from Microwave Trunk level to the E2E service level. The task is performed in collaboration with the RF engineering department. Work orders as well as a provisioning parameter list are issued as a result from the planning activities.
|10. Civil Works provides the infrastructure, e.g. electricity, steel structures.|
|11. Civil Works sends a Ready for Implementation status message to the next group in the chain - implementation.|
|12. Implementation builds the racks and installs the equipment. First equipment provisioning is also provided.|
|13. Implementation sends out the RFI (Ready for Integration).|
|14. Integration engineers integrate the site into the existing network using the parameters calculated and the transmission path provided by the transmission planners.|
|15. Ready for Service (RFS) status is set.|
|16. Acceptance checks the site and the equipment installation.|
17. Status is changed to Ready for Service (RFS) and site can be used in the network.
The integration process is completed.