Engineer, Core Network Planning and Support

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary: -

Airtel Zambia


VACANCY : Engineer, Core Network Planning and Support

LEVEL : Manager



Co-ordinate and provide planning/design inputs of the core network architecture, features and services, Oversee overall governance of contractual execution of core Network operation, maintenance and optimization of Core Network


1. Co-ordinate and provide planning and control of initiatives, investment, capacity expansion of the core network nodes:

  • Using commercial department forecasted subscriber base, to forecast required core network soft and hard capacities
  • Establish OPCO typical mix of traffic per subscriber
  • Build and enhance tools for traffic and Network Element calculation
  • Monitor route utilisation to provide forecasts aimed at providing head room to control route congestion
  • Support in development and execution of core network operational, expansion and evolution
  • Provision of POI (Point of interconnection) information to Interconnections partners to facilitate interconnection implementations
  • Participate in initiatives aimed at optimising core network CAPEX and OPEX in collaboration Optimisation Team of Managed service partner
  • MSC/HLR/STP/MGW and other related node features and services optimisation and capacity management

2. Provide Quarterly NCP (Network change plan) including the any design changes forecasted on the core network:

  • Provide BOQ output in liaison with the Managed Capacity Vendor or Core equipment vendor
  • Following up extensions and Installation of core Network nodes
  • Participate in commissioning of MSC/HLR/STP/MGW and other core nodes
  • Ensure that all new MSC/HLR/STP/MGW and other core nodes implementations are documented, maintain MSC/HLR/STP/MGW specific documentation including:
    • Updating, maintaining and classifying Engineering documents and technical specifications (Translation tables, network signalling/trunk diagrams, core network LLD & HLD, Interconnection with other PLMN, VAS, IN and third party equipment, DDF mapping and specs, naming rules)
    • Record all core network projects in project folders (specs, schedules, minutes, documentations)
    • Keep log of quarterly network changes effected on Core network nodes
  • Observation of KPI as a pro-active measure to prevent service degradation and most specifically after network interventions
  • Routine monitoring and auditing of core network configuration maintained by the Managed Services Partner and report any anomalies
  • Support to establishment of Key Performance Indicators KPI for core nodes
  • Support to Marketing department on new services development

3. Assist in Governance of the core Network changes:

  • Assist in core network projects
  • Propose and participate in network Integration of Switching Core Network Elements and Circuit Switched services
  • Evaluation of Network and Service implications prior integration of new Circuit switches, extensions on core nodes or node service releases
  • Co-ordinations of implementations of products/specification documents from Marketing


  • University Degree in telecommunications or equivalent
  • Minimum of 5 years working experience in the Telecommunications sector
  • Able to operate in a performance driven organization
  • Experience in use of Microsoft Office suite of applications


  • Business awareness
  • Strong analytical skills and problem solving skills
  • Good planning skills
  • High personal standards and goal oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good and effective communications skills, both orally and in writing


  • High level knowledge; applies extensive technical expertise and has full knowledge of other related disciplines
  • Hands on Experience on Switches (Translation tables, Service Implementation, fault diagnostic and fixing Signalization in WCDMA/GSM Networks
  • Works under minimal supervision, determines and develops approaches to solutions with approval


Suitable candidates are required to send their application & Curriculum vitae to [email protected] Closing date for applications is 18th January, 2021.

Airtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is non-discriminatory on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic grouping nor HIV/AIDS status.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.