Nokia optimises Saudi Telecom network

  • July 10, 2024
  • Steve Rogerson

Nokia has deployed its MantaRay cognitive AI-powered self-organising network (SON) in Saudi Telecom’s commercial network.

MantaRay SON is a network optimisation and automation platform that uses self-configuring modules to boost network performance and efficiency. It can be tailored and deployed to optimise specific software applications and to address unique operational difficulties.

The AI-powered software ( enables autonomous RAN operations. It was implemented in a period of high traffic, during which it processed over 10,000 actions, resulting in an increased use rate of approximately 30 per cent on loaded cells and ten per cent average improvement on user throughput.

Despite traffic increasing 40 per cent during this period, ST’s network successfully maintained consistent connectivity. Autonomous RAN operations also reduced manual work and improved network quality.

The development of an AI-powered network module expands ST’s suite of AI options. It offers a wide range of AI-driven capabilities that help accelerate digital transformation and enable sustainable growth, including enhancing radio network energy efficiency, which resulted in a 13 per cent reduction in energy consumption across ST’s 4G and 5G networks in 2023. By 2025, the telco’s AI-powered products will cover over 200 systems, enabling further cost efficiencies.

“ST and Nokia are pioneering a new era where artificial intelligence revolutionises the telecom industry,” said Haithem Al Faraj, chief technology officer at Saudi Telecom ( “This technology not only minimises human error and improves quality but also allows networks to operate autonomously and efficiently, while humans remain essential in guiding and maximising the outcomes from machine learning.”

Mikko Lavanti from Nokia ( added: “Through our collaboration with ST, Nokia is transforming the optimisation of radio networks with the integration of artificial intelligence. Our MantaRay cognitive SON, equipped with sophisticated AI algorithms, represents a quantum leap in autonomous network operations – a global first in its deployment by ST. This AI-driven innovation has redefined standards for network performance, ensuring robust and consistent service for customers even during peak usage periods. Together with ST, we will continue exploring new use cases for cognitive SON to achieve further efficiency enhancements.”