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     Date Submitted:13-06-2016
     Last Modified:13-06-2016 (07:29)
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     Current job:Chief Network Controller
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     KeywordsCHIEF NOC CONTROLLER (GROUND & SPACECRAFT CONTROL STATIONS)
    CV

    B.Sc. Electrical Eng. (Electronics & Communications) – GSM: OMCR engineer and Satellite Communications: Spacecraft & Ground systems NOC engineer

    Objective

                    Interested in working in an environment where the depth in knowledge and professional skills can elevate the intellect, an organization where conductive & homogeneous environment is prevalent.

    Job Experience

    Feb 09 – till date

    (7+ years)

    Company:      Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications company, Dubai, UAE.
    DesignationChief network controller in Thuraya Satellite-NOC (GSOMC/AOC/SOC)

     

    Supervise spacecraft & gateway stations’ O&M teams in daily operations ensuring that operational & preventive maintenance procedures are correctly followed. Monitors, controls & configures Unix- based W/Ss in Advanced Operations Center (AOC), Gateway Station (GS) operations & maintenance center (GSOMC) and NT based W/Ss in Spacecraft Operations Center (SOC) of the overall network to ensure uninterrupted services (voice & packet) to Thuraya subscribers.

    Prepare weekly & monthly system reports such as KPI report for management review.

    Responsibilities in Spacecraft operations center (SOC):

    Conduct scheduled spacecraft maintenance activities i.e. station keeping (SKM), momentum dump (JDS), spacecraft’s thrusters flushing (JTC). Eclipse season Procs enabling & various other Procs.

    Monitor, control & configure various NT-based platforms within SOC i.e. SPCP for payload control, SCS for BUS /Flight dynamics subsystem (FDS) and Kalman filter platforms for orbital analysis & spacecraft’s ephemeris data.

    Monitor essential parameters of the spacecraft (LRVs) & debug following provided procedures, note down the daily RF measurements for ground earth station equipment, conducting manual ranging for the spacecraft.

    Support RFT team for scheduled maintenance & during contingency following provided procedures. Analyzing paths using oscilloscope/spectrum analyzer & calibrating for optimizing the attenuation levels of different paths.

    Responsibilities in Ground station center (GSOMC/AOC):

    Problem recovery for all available circuits in all gateways following available procedures. Analyzing the statistics of satellite resources usage, airtime usage records (AURs) and major alarms.

    Configuring the changes requested by optimization/cell planning teams in required databases at NOC, GS-OMC & packet OMC server systems i.e. changing configuration at L-Band's frequency slots (FSs) assigned to a beam, configuring a beam's bcch & other CChs at carrier level of a FS, configuring TOD plans for all beams over a year covering all major occasions after analyzing each beam's resources' utilization, traffic volume, success rate, block calls, drop calls & average idle TSs aggregations.

    Running OTA on online databases for analysis from time to time as per the network resources update requirements and also as per the call blockage data collected for all beams in the network, thereby updating the online DB in case of a minor change/s or copying a new database for major change/s, followed by putting the new DB online at the lowest traffic instant of the day.

    Coordinate with other depts. i.e. NSS, INVAS, System Eng. and Product & Development regarding degradations & requests at their ends. Attend Customer care dept.’s complaints related to subscribers’ voice & packet (IP/DSL/Gmprs) issues on Salesforce portal & solving them within prescribed time.

    Support the product & development team in providing/analyzing the needed input data used for   improving the performance aggregations for the upcoming products, applications & patches.          

    Utilizing BI & ERM applications & rectifying related minor issues in coordination with the IT dept.

    Support investigating and fixing system problems using provided needed data, GS/AOC testing on the Reference Test bed (RTB) & in field e.g. new services, applications & product testing.

    Prepare WAs in coordination with the vendor support, as per the operational requirements needed for fault recovery.

     

    Company:       Mobilink: GSM Pakistan (A subsidiary of Vimpelcom Telecommunications company)
    Designation:   Associate Engineer NOC (Mobilink-NOC/OMC-Radio)

    During my 2+ years stay at OMC-R, I came across logical handling i.e. database configuration related to the performance & commissioning of radio part of a GSM network. I was in the NOC data configuration team (configuring Motorola & Alcatel based cell sites & BSCs) where my major responsibilities included:

    Level-2 support to field engineers related to logical configuration of sites & BSCs, often resolving a problem by re-configuring some parameters or the whole logical database of a site/BSC at OMCR.

    Creation & linkage of a BSC to the OMC-R Server/Agent by configuring X25/IP addresses at Tier-2 router’s TSs & their linkage to Tier-1 (omc-r) router's TSs, making up NUCs (Nail up connections) via uncompressed CICs-TSs (if via ATM) between intra/inter MSCs.

    Performed major OMCR night activities i.e. Cutover & Migration of BSCs, RXCDR swapping, re-parenting of sites, E1-abis shifting, Optimization related WOs, LAC/CI change of cells/BSCs, CIC testing/No Audio of aters, Edge implementation at cell & BSC levels, GPRS shifting of Alcatel BSC, GB parameters & RAC change (activity related to GPRS shifting of a BSC), Motorola NEs’ software upgrades, AMR project, logical deletion/creation of cells & add/del of int/ext neis to omcr-cells, etc.

    WOs implementation related to different depts. i.e. RF optimization (i.e. radio link related parameters' modify/change at cell/BSC levels, frequencies & neighbors change). Deployment (i.e. sites/BSC equipages, CO downloads for new & live NEs, Sites’ RF expansions, Sites’ splitting, alarms equipages for sites & BSCs, daising-chaining a live direct site & reversely). BSS planning (ater/signaling links add/del. at BSC & RXCDR ends, nailing at RXCDR end & HR/FR enabling on radios). QoS for monitoring & analyzing the counters/indicators (KPIs) of the Alcatel/Motorola BSS system related to the performance of the network i.e. zero calls, zero terminating calls, DCR, CSSR, HSR, etc.

    Worked on Orascom’s newly employed automated alarm reporting & escalating system TEMIP, designed by Hewlett-Packard mainly for creating a vendor independent monitoring/escalating platform in a multivendor NOC.

    Configuration & troubleshooting of Alcatel/Motorola GPRS entities at BSC-ater, MFS-Gpu card/PCU, Frame Relay-DLCI, ATM-VCI/VPI & SGSN-NSVC levels.

    Worked in NOC-QoS; a newly created sub-section in our NOC. The notion behind its creation was   to monitor, analyze & act on the affected KPIs well before their escalation by Optimization/BSS planning & other depts. Developed WAs/SOPs with other team members during the preliminary stages of this new sub-dept. as i did receive prior foreign training on this relevance.

    Managing Alcatel's OMCR administrative issues in Sun Solaris i.e. handling of accounts & no. of users per server or agent, scripts making, admin & root-level configurations. Preparation of daily/monthly system reports such as KPI monthly report for management review.

    Company:         Mobilink: GSM Pakistan (A subsidiary of Vimpelcom Telecommunications company)
    Designation:     BSS & Transmission Trainee Engineer  (Mobilink-Radio Access Network)

    Worked on Motorola’s RAN part, know its physical architectural connectivity till NSS. Debug and maintenance of Motorola’s RF equipment in BTS, BSC/RXCDR & their related E1, SS7 & X25 logical links and of terrestrial M/W links i.e. PDH, SDH & SDH-rings of NEC, Altium & Alcatel.

    Education                  

    Year

    Institution and Qualification

    Grading

    2002-06

     

    B.Sc. Electrical Engineering (final year specialization in electronics & communications) from

    University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.

    First Division

    A Grade

    1999-01

    Foundation of Sciences/A-levels (Pre-Engineering)

    Government College University, Lahore.

    (820/1100) - 74.54 %

    A Grade

    1997-99

    Matriculation/O-levels (Sciences)

    G.B.H.S, Tufail Road, Lahore.

    (707/850)   - 83.18 %

    A+ Grade

     

    Skills

    Comput-ing

     

    Fundamentals of computer networking (HTTP, SMTP, FTP, DNS, DHCP, UDP, TCP/IP).

    Routing in the internet and routing algorithms, packets & datagrams.

    Computer architecture and machine language.

    MS-office course from Aptech international education institute.

    Programming in assembly language and Verilog Hardware Description Language (VHDL).

    Data structures and algorithms design in Java.

    Fundamentals of MS-SQL & Cisco VOIP.

    Basics of Shell scripting in UNIX and macros in VB.

    Support in the installation, commissioning & release upgrades of different UNIX & NT based platforms. Troubleshooting/rectifying RF modems servicing voice & packet networks.

    Doing the monthly archiving of alarms, events, performances & databases for various O&M (UNIX & NT based) platforms. Storing the zipped data on ftp servers, HDD & dept.’s shared folder. Semi-automated this hectic archiving process by doing some modifications in UNIX shell scripts & employing (.bat) files in Windows.

    Management and Leadership

    Fast learner, problem-solver, troubleshooter, research minded, very good analyzing skills, dedicated & committed to work, self-motivated and able to work under minimal supervision without taking extra-ordinary stress nor passing it to the subordinates.

    Excellent leadership & management traits, yet never believe in a one-man show, always accrediting achievements to the team as a whole in front of management.

    Langua-ges

    Fluent in English (IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6).

    Urdu & Punjabi (native languages).

    Arabic & Persian (read only-beginner's level).

    Driving

    Holds valid computerized UAE’s driving license (Right hand drive).

    Holds valid computerized Pakistan’s driving license (Left hand drive).

     

    Present-ations

    GSM (in 3rd year)

    CDMA (in final year)

    RISC based microprocessor in VHDL (in final year)

    Guiding systems & NVDs (in 2nd year)

    Giving detailed presentations including site visits followed by Q/As sessions to visiting universities’ students & internees regarding Thuraya’s NOC, giving them comprehensive view of the network’s architectural connectivity and call flow from end users to core network & vice-versa, also covering complete architecture of the spacecraft’s bus & payload sections.

    Research &

    Projects

     

    My final year project was MATLAB Simulation of WLL System based on CDMA.

    In 8th semester, implemented a RISC based microprocessor in VHDL.

    In 5th semester, implemented a project of designing AM Receiver and FM transmitter.

    In 4th semester, implemented a project of designing Infrared detector.

    Memberships

     

    Registered as a certified engineer with Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), G-5/2 Islamabad with registration serial no. ELECT/25344 under B.Sc. Electrical engineering/2006-UET Lahore.

    Foreign Trainings

    Jun 1-11, 2014

    Course Title:     Huawei LTE: GPRS/UMTS Packet core product training
    Location:         Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications company, Dubai.

     

    Routine operational & maintenance training for Huawei GGSN9811.

    Complete data configuration for Huawei GGSN9811.

    Operation, maintenance & data configuration for Huawei Charging gateway CG9812.

    Operation, maintenance & data configuration for Huawei DNS server DNS9816.

    Also covered related radio & core network elements of the 4th generation LTE & their interworking.

    Feb 4-8, 2007

    Course Title:    Alcatel GSM: Introduction to QoS & Traffic Load Monitoring
    Location:         Alcatel MENA Regional Head Office, SMART Village, Cairo, Egypt.

     

    Studied which & how to monitor & analyze the important counters/indicators i.e. KPIs of the BSS system at the air interface level for ensuring network’s good health.

    Studied various causes of failures in the call setup procedures due to i.e. congestion at RACH, SDCCH or TCH allocation phases & causes of HO failures.

    Calculating & Optimizing the Erlang traffic load per cell. Computation of call mix of a cell in order to define the capacity of the network. Cell dimensioning + Re-dimensioning (how many TRXs to be put in that cell) from call mix data.

     

     

    Foreign Traveling

     

    In April 2006, Visited Saudi Arabia (pilgrimage).

    In Feb 2007, Visited Egypt (Alcatel-Lucent training).

    In Aug & Nov 2008, Visited Dubai (holidays).

    In March 2011, Visited UK, Germany & France (holidays).

    In May 2012, Visited Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Germany & UK (holidays).

     

     

    Hobbies

     

    Reading on iPad, reading on Wikipedia in detail on any topic, personality or event clicking to mind. Enjoy studying history, using Facebook. Love to travel & see new people, cultures, values & foods.

     

    Personal Information

    DOB:                   15th Aug 1983

    Marital status:    Single

    Visa status:         UAE residence visa (from Feb 2009 till date)

    References

     

    Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed Al Ali

    Senior Manager Satellite Network Operations

    Thuraya Telecommunications Company,

    Dubai, UAE.


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