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RAN Engineer job description

What is a RAN Engineer?

A RAN (Radio Access Network) Engineer is a telecommunications professional who specializes in designing, implementing, and maintaining the radio access network of a mobile telecommunications system. The RAN is the portion of a mobile network that connects mobile devices to the rest of the network and enables wireless communication between the devices and the network.

The RAN engineer's responsibilities include planning, designing, and optimizing the RAN infrastructure to ensure that it is functioning effectively and efficiently. This can include tasks such as selecting the appropriate hardware and software components, configuring radio frequencies and cell sites, troubleshooting network issues, and performing routine maintenance.

In addition, RAN engineers must have a good understanding of the latest advancements and technologies in mobile communications, and be able to adapt to new and evolving technologies as they are developed. This requires staying up-to-date with industry standards and regulations, as well as constantly learning about new equipment and techniques.

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Experts in recruiting RAN Engineers

At First Point Group, we are experts in helping RAN Engineers find their next role. It helps that some of our recruitment consultants are former RAN Engineers and have experience working in the field. We have helped companies in over 180 countries and have worked with the largest global telecom companies since 2004.

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Average salaries for a RAN Engineer

The salary of a RAN Engineer can vary depending on several factors, including the engineer's level of education, experience, location, and the size and type of organization they work for.



$80,000 - $125,000 (CAD)

$95,000 - $110,000 (USD)

$45,000 - $80,000 (MXN)

UK & Europe

£35,000 - £45,000 (GBP)

€50,000 - €70,000 (EUR)

Middle East & Africa

د.إ144,000 - 180,000  (AED)


¥7,000,000 - ¥11,000,000 (YEN)

RAN Engineer

Responsibilities & Qualifications

What is a typical job description of a RAN Engineer?

A RAN Engineer is responsible for designing, deploying, and maintaining the radio access network of a mobile telecommunications system. A typical job description for a RAN Engineer would include the following responsibilities:

  • Planning and design: Participate in the planning and design of the RAN infrastructure, ensuring that it meets the requirements of the network and is scalable to accommodate future growth.
  • Equipment selection: Select and specify the hardware and software components required for the RAN, including radio access nodes, base stations, and network management systems.
  • Configuration and deployment: Configure and deploy the RAN components, ensuring that the network is optimized for maximum performance and reliability.
  • Network optimization: Continuously monitor and optimize the RAN performance, making necessary changes to ensure that the network is functioning effectively and efficiently.
  • Troubleshooting: Troubleshoot and resolve any issues that arise in the RAN, such as outages, dropped calls,



What skills, qualifications and experience does a RAN Engineer need?

A RAN Engineer typically needs the following skills, qualifications, and experience:

  • Education: A bachelor's or master's degree in telecommunications, electrical engineering, or a related field is often required.
  • Technical Skills: Strong technical skills in radio access network technologies and protocols, including 4G LTE and 5G NR, are essential for a RAN Engineer. In addition, experience with network planning, optimization, and troubleshooting tools is also important.
  • Communication Skills: Effective communication skills are critical for a RAN Engineer, as they will often be working with a team of engineers, network operators, and stakeholders to plan and implement network changes.
  • Analytical Skills: Strong analytical and problem-solving skills are required for a RAN Engineer to troubleshoot and resolve network issues.
  • Hands-on experience: Several years of hands-on experience in the deployment and maintenance of RAN infrastructure is often required, including experience with different types of radio access technologies and network topologies.
  • Industry certifications: Industry certifications such as the CCNA Wireless, CCNP Wireless, or vendor-specific certifications (e.g. Ericsson RBS, Nokia RAN) are highly valued and can demonstrate a candidate's level of expertise and commitment to their field.
  • Adaptability: The telecommunications industry is rapidly evolving, so a RAN Engineer must be adaptable and able to learn new technologies and techniques as they are developed.

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