MTN: Specialist Transmission Planning

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24 May, 2016

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Specialist:Transmission Planning
Location Cape Town,ZA
Organization Name Transmission Planning
Department Description
· A constant balance is required between the ever-changing, fast developing field of new and enabling technologies on the one hand and the ever-increasing need for bandwidth as a result of new, sophisticated customer demands together with organisational need for convergence and streamlined network operations.
· Ability to keep track of global technology advancements and stay abreast of standardization work of relevant industry bodies

Brief Description
Design and Optimisation of the Transmission Systems within the Core, IP and Access networks in line with the business requirements of MTN SA in order to provide the end customer with reliable and international quality communications and service. Plan the Transmission Systems according to Radio, Core and IP requirements . Manage the Self Provisioning initiative and existing 3rd Party business relationships

Detailed Description
Strategy Development
• Contribute to the definition of the transmission network strategy and architecture clearly describing the future vision for transmission and identifying key decision points to enable this vision to be achieved
• Participate in the translation of the transmission strategy and architecture into long range plans
• Assist in formulating inputs towards technology strategy.
• Assist in delivering a target Product and Services architecture with a 3 year time horizon taking global technology developments into consideration

Planning & Delivery
• Responsible for the timely planning of all Transmission networks within MTN e.g. PTP / PMP microwave networks, Fibre networks, RANO networks, DXX / SDH networks, etc.
• Assist in defining 1-year budget
• Manage design guidelines for regional transmission resources
• Ensure translation of high level plan to low level design
• Prioritise access/core transmission network growth
• Drive execution of near term plans
• Forecast capacity and traffic and align with Radio, Core & IP plans and with strategy and roadmap
• Ensure correct planning of Transmission w.r.t fixed and mobile operator interconnections where required
• Plan transport capacity across access, backhaul and backbone infrastructure to support all of MTN’s bandwidth requirements
• Evaluate new Access and Core Backbone Transmission Network Equipment and Specifications
• Identify geographical location for equipment to be installed
• Request funding and issue request for purchasing (RfP) to vendor, verify bill of material and confirm order of equipment and services
• Verify configuration
• Ensure implementation of Transmission plans is carried out fully with a smooth handover to Network Operations for cutover and integration into the live network
• Ensure that policies, procedures and quality standards are adhered to in the planning process

Network Optimisation & Performance
• Ensure quality objectives are met and maintained
• Ensure future proof transmission plans to guarantee deliverables are met according to customer requirements both internal and external
• Track and report on performance problems and performance improvements on division level
• Investigate performance issues and identify changes required on division level
• Review design and drive optimisation changes
• Tender evaluations and formulations
• Provide high level support on the planned network/technologies

Communication and co-ordination
• Ensure communication of plans and integration of feedback
• Prepare implementation and integration documentation
• Co-operate with and support of other network group departments at all levels
• Manage and interface with other areas of the MTN business outside of the transmission department as required for successful planning and implementation (e.g. with Suppliers, 3rd Parties, local Transmission Engineers and Business & Logistics department to ensure that contracts from a technical perspective are negotiated in the best interest of MTN)
• Interface with regulator
• Provide high level planning support function and representation (technical) for Transmission planning departments in MTN Group Operations
Financial Management
Continuously strive to identify and eliminate non-contributory


Job Requirements
· Minimum of 3 year Technical degree/diploma
· Fluent in English

· More than 5 years’ in Telecommunications, with at least 5 years experience as a Transmission Planning specialist. Excellent understanding of transmission project rollouts and good knowledge of the latest technologies (IP/MPLS networks, ATM and IP protocols and Gbit Ethernet, MAN and NGN); with experience in supervising/managing others
· Experience working in a medium to large organization

Transmission courses relating to Transmission MW, DXX, SDH, GSM, Fibre etc
Management/Supervisory Training

Additional Details
Head – Big Picture Focus (20)
• Conceptual Thinker – Executes tactical plans to achieve strategic requirements
• Problem Solver – Has the mental agility to identify and solve relevant business challenges
• Improvement Driver – Executes and identifies opportunities for commercial innovation and continuous improvement

Heart – Emotionally Intelligent (30)
• Culture and Change Champion – Role models ethical practices by living the MTN values and vital behaviours for others to follow
• Supportive People Manager – Is self-aware and supports team capability development through opportunity creation for realising potential
• Relationship Manager – Builds professional networks across teams through collaboration and co-operation

Hands – Results Focused (40)
• Results Achiever – Produces sustainable business results through ethical practices
• Operationally Astute – Sets priorities, plans, organizes and co-ordinates the work of others

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