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As the telecommunications industry commits to reducing its emissions through science-based targets, here we look at the unique challenges faced in Sub-Saharan Africa. From networks spanning vast and extreme terrains and sites thousands of km from a fuel port, to poor road conditions and weak power grid infrastructures, there are a host of difficulties that make the optimisation of maintenance a critical factor in underpinning network growth and resilience
Tower companies only analyse a small proportion of the data they have, leaving an ocean of untapped opportunities for optimisation hiding in plain sight. By integrating unconnected physical assets – towers, equipment, systems – with the digital world, towercos can tap into unprecedented operational efficiency to drive down OPEX and maximise returns on CAPEX – all through the power of AI and advanced data science tools.
African towerco’s are an underserved market that is ripe for disruption with digitisation in the space of monitoring and optimised control of critical assets. The industry needs a paradigm shift, where field engineers, operational and performance teams, and capital expenditure priorities are determined using advanced data science technology.
In this whitepaper, we look at why a sector that has been built on innovation and keeping ahead of the curve, isn’t exploring the full potential of this crucial tool. It’s not to say that AI is a silver bullet - rather a set of smart, focussed systems that can augment the best skills in the mobile tower industry, and offer a sixth sense for future challenges to come.
The telecommunications sector has been built on innovation - but is still exploring the full potential of data science and machine learning for its networks. For every task revolved around forecasting, data assimilation, risk analysis, and a host of additional technical or administrative functions relying on human guesswork, there is a need to better understand AI’s role as an augmenter and enricher of current people, processes and projects, not as a replacement.
The PowerX platform is the first solution dedicated to the tower industry that puts data intelligence at the heart of tower management decisions. PowerX’s technology uses sophisticated machine learning and pattern recognition tools to mine the enormous, untapped data reserves created by the hundreds of thousands of assets in a tower network.
“The incredible, mind-blowing thing about deploying PowerX is that it’s like having an accountant standing at the tower site, along with an operations manager, a technical guy, a sustainability consultant, a cell provider customer service rep and a data analyst all making decisions together to have this one little site in the middle of nowhere operating at the cheapest, most efficient, most environmentally friendly level possible.” Read how MEGMAR International is providing infrastructure solutions to the telecommunications industry using PowerX’s advanced data science tools.