By Philip Korf, CEO: Digitata Networks
Auditing – As important for Mobile Networks as for Finance
The Oxford Dictionary defines the word audit as “A systematic review or assessment of something”. Globally, companies are aware of the obligations, needs, and benefits of independent financial auditing, which are regularly conducted to provide an objective examination of the company’s financial statements. Independent auditing promotes transparency and accuracy, reducing the risk of error, concealment and unscrupulous dealings. Independent auditing also increases the value and credibility of the financial statements produced by management, reducing investor risks and consequently decreasing the cost of capital.
Network Audits Increase Revenues, Reduce Costs, and Simplify Operations
By applying the principles of financial auditing to the technical attributes of a telecommunications network, similar benefits can be derived from auditing the network. From processes and procedures to assets and systems, independent audits from 3rd party providers can offer useful insights into a complex environment and the results of these audits can assist an operator in identifying areas of the network that can be improved, to ultimately increase their bottom line.
Challenges to Comprehensive Mobile Network Auditing
Planning, building, operating and optimising a telecommunications network is quite a complex undertaking as myriad network elements are managed by multiple systems, across multiple technologies, in multiple domains, each with their own way of presenting and managing the various data sets and parameters. There are also thousands of different settings per network element, making network auditing a rather tedious and laborious task.
The Solution – An independent, automated auditing system (vendor-, domain- and technology-agnostic)
The key to comprehensive network auditing is a centralised system connected to all telecommunications network elements, automatically extracting network information, allowing repeatable, automated, auditing checks-and-balances, performed across the entire telecommunications network, irrespective of vendor, domain or technology.
Although a once-off network audit may highlight anomalies and/or improve network performance temporarily, regular automated audits are vital to ensuring that the network maintains a consistent level of performance.
At Digitata Networks, our offered products, services and solutions are designed to assist telecommunication operators to regularly, automatically and independently audit the technical attributes of their network, leading to increased revenues, reductions in operational costs and simplification of operations.