Engineer, Core Network Planning and Support

DEPARTMENT :  Networks

VACANCY :  Engineer, Core Network Planning and Support

LEVEL :  Manager

LOCATION :  Lusaka, HQ

JOB PURPOSE

Co-ordinate and provide planning/design inputs of the core network architecture, features and services, Oversee overall governance of contractual execution of core Network operation, maintenance and optimization of Core Network

REPORTING TO THE NETWORKS SERVICES MANAGER, THE MAIN DUTIES ARE:

1. Co-ordinate and provide planning and control of initiatives, investment, capacity expansion of the core network nodes:

  • · Using commercial department forecasted subscriber base, to forecast required core network soft and hard capacities
  • · Establish OPCO typical mix of traffic per subscriber
  • · Build and enhance tools for traffic and Network Element calculation
  • · Monitor route utilisation to provide forecasts aimed at providing head room to control route congestion
  • · Support in development and execution of core network operational, expansion and evolution
  • · Provision of POI (Point of interconnection) information to Interconnections partners to facilitate interconnection implementations
  • · Participate in initiatives aimed at optimising core network CAPEX and OPEX in collaboration Optimisation Team of Managed service partner
  • · MSC/HLR/STP/MGW and other related node features and services optimisation and capacity management

2. Provide Quarterly NCP (Network change plan) including the any design changes forecasted on the core network:

  • · Provide BOQ output in liaison with the Managed Capacity Vendor or Core equipment vendor
  • · Following up extensions and Installation of core Network nodes
  • · Participate in commissioning of MSC/HLR/STP/MGW and other core nodes
  • · Ensure that all new MSC/HLR/STP/MGW and other core nodes implementations are documented, maintain MSC/HLR/STP/MGW specific documentation including:
    • o Updating, maintaining and classifying Engineering documents and technical specifications (Translation tables, network signalling/trunk diagrams, core network LLD & HLD, Interconnection with other PLMN, VAS, IN and third party equipment, DDF mapping and specs, naming rules)
    •  Record all core network projects in project folders (specs, schedules, minutes, documentations)
    • o Keep log of quarterly network changes effected on Core network nodes
  • · Observation of KPI as a pro-active measure to prevent service degradation and most specifically after network interventions
  • · Routine monitoring and auditing of core network configuration maintained by the Managed Services Partner and report any anomalies
  • · Support to establishment of Key Performance Indicators KPI for core nodes
  • · Support to Marketing department on new services development

3. Assist in Governance of the core Network changes:

  • · Assist in core network projects
  • · Propose and participate in network Integration of Switching Core Network Elements and Circuit Switched services
  • · Evaluation of Network and Service implications prior integration of new Circuit switches, extensions on core nodes or node service releases
  • · Co-ordinations of implementations of products/specification documents from Marketing

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION & FUNCTIONAL/TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • · University Degree in telecommunications or equivalent
  • · Minimum of 5 years working experience in the Telecommunications sector
  • · Able to operate in a performance driven organization
  • · Experience in use of Microsoft Office suite of applications

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • · Business awareness
  • · Strong analytical skills and problem solving skills
  • · Good planning skills
  • · High personal standards and goal oriented
  • · Excellent interpersonal skills
  • · Good and effective communications skills, both orally and in writing

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE

  • · High level knowledge; applies extensive technical expertise and has full knowledge of other related disciplines
  • · Hands on Experience on Switches (Translation tables, Service Implementation, fault diagnostic and fixing Signalization in WCDMA/GSM Networks
  • · Works under minimal supervision, determines and develops approaches to solutions with approval

CLOSING DATE

Suitable candidates are required to send their application & Curriculum vitae to [email protected] Closing date for applications is  18 th  January, 2021.


Airtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is non-discriminatory on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic grouping nor HIV/AIDS status.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

To apply for this job email your details to [email protected]

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