Bharti Infratel selects IBM for smarter cell towers

by CXOtoday Staff    Feb 11, 2011

dealIBM (NYSE:IBM) recently announced that it will provide Intelligent Site Operations to more than 32,000 Bharti Infratel tower-sites spread across 11 telecom circles in India. Bharti Infratel is a subsidiary of Bharti airtel and telecom passive infrastructure. These tower-sites include some of the toughest terrain and remote locations in the world, stated the company.

“The IBM solution has helped us automate the entire process and is helping in reducing costs and driving optimization besides proactively preventing service outages,” remarked Prashant Veer Singh, CIO, Bharti Infratel.

By combining sensors, data tracking and analytics, IBM informed that its offering provides Bharti Infratel real-time visibility and insight to centrally monitor and manage their large and distributed tower infrastructure along with centrally orchestrating and tracking operations. It collects data on the state of each cell tower such as energy consumption (including supply from the mains, generators and battery), fuel consumption and alarms. This data is then fed to a monitoring system which analyzes it and converts data into actionable intelligence in real-time so that staff can make better business decisions. The system receives more than 600,000 events a day which are reduced to less than 1-2 tickets per day per site by applying intelligence to determine which events require immediate attention.

“It is a classic example of Bharti airtel’s and IBM’s joint innovation and thought leadership in providing solutions that achieve substantial environmental benefits while at the same time providing business benefits,” commented R. P. Singh, director, IBM-Bharti enterprises partnership, global technology services, IBM India/South Asia.

The solution also integrates third-party sensors and controllers with IBM Tivoli Netcool for network and service management, Maximo for enterprise asset management, Cognos for dashboards and analytics and ILOG, a value-added part of the solution, for complex workflow and rules. Global business services provides consulting expertise to bring together business and operational requirements, and global technology services provide operational and integration expertise to enable and integrate using best practices.