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11th April 2022

RAN automation: Explained

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At Motion Drives and Controls, we often dive into what is happening in the world of automation and this week, we want to discuss RAN automation. If you’re not familiar with the term, RAN is a radio access network that coordinates the management of and provides access to the management of resources across the radio sites. Intelligent RAN Automation is a series of solutions, services and technologies that use machine learning to automate tasks in the RAN.

Uses for RAN automation

Repetitive tasks


RAN automation takes over the role of carrying out daily repetitive tasks and processes by using a machine-learning functionality that is focused on the radio network. In doing so, it is able to optimise the operational performance of a business and can improve network performance as well as enhance your customer’s experience and accelerate the time to market for new services. As a result of RAN automation replacing a human, it is also able to reduce operational costs.

New Demands

A huge benefit of using RAN automation is that it is able to address ever-changing network demands through machine learning. 


RAN automation will play a critical role in a business’s journey to net-zero. Improving the RAN’s energy efficiency is critical for a company to reduce its carbon emissions.

Staying connected

RAN is crucial to your business connecting to millions of internet subscribers making it essential for network management. Operators can deploy RAN automation to take corrective actions. After doing so, an automated system can assist in identifying top cell towers and take self-healing actions wherever required.

RAN automation and 5G technology

It is no longer possible to operate 5G networks with manual-intensive tools, or even with simple automation. Intelligent RAN Operations can go beyond automation with machine learning which enables CSPs to be cost-efficient in the era of 5G

Machine learning allows 5G RAN operations to automate routine network management tasks. It also optimises the radio network autonomously and reduces base station energy consumption.

If you would like to learn more about the world of automation, feel free to browse some of our other articles here.