Some of the microwave links in mobile network are not connected to NMS due to multi-vendor scenario. As a result monitoring of the link is difficult and requires huge CAPEX investment for setting up DCN network and recurring operational cost of bandwidth. Network teams are unable to monitor the microwave links 24x7 to take proactive measures to avoid the link failures. Also, it is not possible to provide availability and performance reports. In case of last mile link for enterprise customers, it affects billing because the data to support service outage is not available without having visibility of the link on NMS.
In order to overcome above problems, Wincell Networks has designed and developed an innovative product called “NMS Communicator”. This device has been successfully tested for both CDMA and GSM mobile networks. The WAN interface (USB) of Wincell’s NMS Communicator connects microwave terminal to NMS Server using pre-configured data SIM in mobile network cloud. The Communicator acts like a bridge between GSM network cloud and the microwave radio’s IDU terminal which is to be monitored by the Network Monitoring System (NMS). This new solution has several advantages over the conventional method.