Teleste, DNA trial software-based ingress control in Finland

May 18, 2020
Launched in 2019, the six-month trial was carried out in DNA’s network in southern Finland.
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Teleste this month published the first results of its trial with DNA, Finland's largest cable operator, to evaluate the impact of software-based ingress control on operational cable network management.

Launched in 2019, the six-month trial was carried out in DNA’s network in southern Finland with the aim of gathering real, comparable data on how effectively Teleste’s SmartRIS automatic ingress detection function in its CATVisor Argus Network Management System can be utilized to identify service issues and improve subscribers’ quality of service.

Developing modern broadband networks has traditionally been a hardware-centric business. However, when it comes to issues such as service availability and operational efficiency, leveraging software-based tools to improve the daily network management work can provide significant benefits for operators and subscribers alike. One such tool is SmartRIS automatic ingress control, developed as a part of Teleste’s management software for intelligent broadband nodes and amplifiers," explains Anssi Mäkiranta, director, Nordic Region Services, Teleste.

Mäkiranta continues, “Trialling the SmartRIS function together with DNA gives us an invaluable opportunity to gather experiences and comparable data on the software-based ingress control in action. The results of the trial will help us move forward on the road to providing operators with solutions that will help them improve the quality of service while keeping the operational costs under control.”

While the trial is still ongoing, the companies say the results published this month clearly indicate that utilizing the software-based SmartRIS function can significantly save time and resources in operational network management work.

The companies note that conventional identification of network ingress is a laborious and time-consuming task that requires searching and combining data from several systems manually. The software-based process, on the contrary, is based on automatic communication between the server and the intelligent nodes and amplifiers in the field, which reduces the average time for an ingress search to as short as seven minutes, as shown in the trial. Additionally, the process provides exact location and statistical information about where ingress enters the network, thus making repairs in field faster and helping target future network upgrades.

“Today, people and societies everywhere are relying on high-speed broadband networks to stay connected with their friends and families and ensure continuity of businesses in many cases,” commented Mikko Nurmi, Director, Network Architecture and Security, DNA. "The automated ingress control process allows us to ensure that the quality of services experienced by our subscribers is high, and our network will be able to meet consumers’ data transmission demands in all circumstances. For our personnel, the automated process gives time for concentrating on more value adding tasks, instead of manually running the ingress control process."

The trial set-up, its first results, and the operation principle of the SmartRIS automatic ingress detection function are described in more detail on the Teleste website. Read the full case study to learn more.