Mobile phone networks do all sorts of weird and wonderful things for us these days, and they're all ever so slightly different. Different enough that networks have to adjust things to make sure everyone is getting the optimum service. That's a lot of work, though, so O2 has gone and developed a way for the network to optimise itself automatically.
So what the heck does that mean? Basically the network will actually be able to learn how people are behaving and adjust itself based on what they're doing, where they are, and how much of its capacity is being used. Network antennae will then be tilted to adjust the network strength and connection type to ensure coverage is as optimal as it can be.
According to O2 this self adjusting network is the first of its kind, and will allow network problems to be dealt with in real time. Doing it manually took a lot of work to figure out, and meant that problems could end up taking weeks to fix. Apparently since the new tech was introduced call quality in Edinburgh went up by 40 per cent. That's a pretty impressive number!
I suppose this now means more resources can be allocated towards other things, like upgrades, new features, and installing new tech. If you're taking suggestions, O2, I'd like you to start working on a system that lets me ditch my landline and use 4G for my home broadband instead. Just don't let the system become self aware, the last thing we need is proto-Skynet denying us access to funny cat pictures when we're on the train. [IT Pro Portal]