Telcordia Technologies announced the first customer for its Auto RF software: MetroPCS. The software is designed to help operators boost capacity without busting the bank account.
MetroPCS is using the Auto RF solution in its San Francisco market and plans to roll it out in other markets as well, according to Robbie Cohen, senior group vice president in the wireless division of Telcordia. MetroPCS' other markets include Atlanta, Miami and Sacramento, Calif.
In a nutshell, Auto RF collects performance statistics from each cell site and uses algorithms to determine whether the power settings are, in fact, at the most optimal for the traffic conditions. The software also tracks performance in near real time, all day, eliminating costs associated, for example, with sending an RF engineer to a site.
Telcordia says the product maximizes operational efficiencies and can help operators postpone deployment of additional cell sites. Based on the initial implementation with MetroPCS, performance indicators show cell site capacity improvement of 13 percent on average and dropped call improvement of 3.5 percent, according to Cohen.
Telcordia currently offers Auto RF for CDMA networks, with plans to next roll out a version for UMTS, Cohen says. The product grew out of work Telcordia did for the military a number of years ago.