Engineer, Core Network Planning and Support

DEPARTMENT :  Networks

VACANCY :  Engineer, Core Network Planning and Support

LEVEL :  Manager

LOCATION :  Lusaka, HQ


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


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


  • · 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


  • · 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


  • · 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


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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