29 March 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Russian operator MegaFon has reported the successful use of artificial intelligence to improve its transport network.
The company has given details of trials with NEC on using
artificial intelligence (AI) to forecast demand and to schedule
"We have verified that significant improvements can be achieved
for the planning and operation of transport networks, resulting
in more effective use of resources and providing the highest
quality services to millions of subscribers," said Anton
Sherbakov, technical director of MegaFon Ural.
The tests used an NEC AI
platform called NEC the Wise. The vendor adopted this brand for
all its AI services two years ago.
According to the results reported by MegaFon and NEC, the study
had an accuracy of over 97% for traffic prediction against
actual traffic. "This enables more efficient planning of
transport network capacity expansion and helps to reduce
expenses for unnecessary infrastructure, while also reducing
losses from untimely procurement of equipment," said the
"The preventive maintenance feature accurately predicts packet
loss figures several months in advance for each network device
and identifies those that are likely to cause disruptions in
services," they added.
By using this service, MegaFon will be able to prioritise the
maintenance of potentially faulty devices.
"Our partnership with NEC aligns with our goals of efficiently
improving the planning and maintenance of networks, which is
becoming increasingly complex," said Sherbakov.
Hiroshi Kawada, managing director of St Petersburg-based NEC
Neva Communications Systems, said: "We are very pleased to see
our services streamline and optimize MegaFon’s
network without the need to expend additional resources. We aim
to enhance our partnership with MegaFon and to continue
delivering the latest innovations to the entire operator