TEOCO launches Mentor 9.6 to drive LTE network support, optimization

TEOCO, a global provider of engineering, assurance and analytics solutions to communications service providers (CSPs) worldwide, has launched its latest version of its RAN Optimization Software, Mentor 9.6.

The new version of Mentor provides enhanced and extended Huawei LTE network support, making it the most comprehensive offering for automated multi-vendor and multi-technology network optimization. Mentor 9.6 also integrates with TEOCO’s other market-leading engineering solutions for improved small cell planning and performance optimization.

Among its new features, Mentor 9.6 now incorporates detailed automatic alarms and notifications when performance for a VIP, group of VIP’s, or VIP location goes above certain thresholds pertaining to call drops, access failures, IRAT handovers or any other network quality metric.

This allows engineers to rapidly and automatically identify critical problem areas, reducing potential down time and the risk of churn of high value customers. Push notifications via email ensure the engineer is made aware of these problems even when they are not working on Mentor.

Another new feature is the inclusion of the RAN subscriber analytics dashboard, which provides detailed insights on subscriber experience through a variety of KPIs including throughput, coverage, quality and drops, which can be related to specific VIP subscribers. This is coupled with additional event maps to further aid optimization and troubleshooting as part of the wider LTE and UMTS enhancements.

These new features in Mentor 9.6 complement the introduction of the Automatic Problem Detection (APD) feature released in Mentor 9.5. Mentor’s APD provides automatic problem identification by geographical location, which in turn facilitates quicker resolution of major network problems. This feature combined with the email notification capability of Mentor 9.6 creates a more compressive problem-solution package for engineers and provides up-to-date status communications for the network.

“Mentor 9.6 is the latest addition to the TEOCO RAN product portfolio which focuses on enabling smarter RAN Management for operators globally,” said Daniel Ramirez, Director of RAN Products at TEOCO. “With its new automation and integration capabilities, plus enhanced engineer-driven reporting features, Mentor delivers on its promise to lower Total Costs of Ownership (TCOs) for operators while boosting the efficiency of their networks.”