Network planning and optimisation (NPO) processes will need to evolve towards a high degree of intelligent automation so that network resource utilisation can be maximised in near-real time. This report discusses network equipment providers’ (NEPs)’ self-organised network (SON) solutions and the transition path that communications service providers (CSPs) should follow to enable increased levels of automation for HetNets.
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The NEPsâ automation and SON solutions: review of vendor solutions and CSP strategies Table of contents 5.Executive summary 6.Automating network planning and optimisation can greatly reduce costs and increase revenue, but the transition is hampered by complexity 7.A gradual transition to SON, linked to technology upgrades, will enable automated NPO for HetNets to obtain maximum business benefits 8.LTE deployments and automation features like SON will drive growth in NPO systems, but there have been fewer SON deployments than expected 9.Recommendations 10.NPO systems, tools and processes need to be simplified to enable planning, building and real-time optimisation of complex networks 11.Recommendations for CSPs 12.Recommendations for NEPs 13.Business environment 14.Business environment for NEPs' NPO systems 15.NPO systems, tools and processes need to change to support an improved experience for high-bandwidth services on complex networks 16.The emergence of SON is among the most important catalysts for change in the NPO services market; HetNets will drive SON adoption 17.Personalisation of services to increase monetisation opportunities will significantly affect SON functions 18.Big data will play a larger role in NPO service delivery, while drive testing will play a smaller role 19.SON deployment architecture can enable real-time optimisation, but will need access to analytics data and will need integrated policy controls 20.Market drivers and inhibitors for NEPs' NPO systems and SON 21.SON architecture and functionality 22.SON deployment architecture can be distributed, centralised or hybrid: CSPs will start with distributed, open-loop SON implementations 23.SON releases build on Release 9 and focus on self-optimisation, while Release 11 provides enhancements for most features 24.Feature enhancements up to 3GPP Release 11 solve many specific issues and can enable combined SON implementation over HetNets 25.Vendor profiles 26.Alcatel-Lucent: SON products 27.Alcatel-Lucent: NPO services 28.Alcatel-Lucent: NPO tools 29.Ericsson: SON products 30.Ericsson: NPO services 31.Ericsson: NPO tools  32.Ericsson: NPO tools  33.Huawei Technologies: SON products 34.Huawei Technologies: NPO services 35.Nokia Networks: SON products 36.Nokia Networks: NPO services 37.Nokia Networks: NPO tools 38.Samsung: SON products 39.ZTE: SON products 40.About the authors and Analysys Mason 41.About the authors 42.About Analysys Mason 43.Research from Analysys Mason 44.Consulting from Analysys Mason
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Figure 1: NPO and SON features by level of automation and network complexity Figure 2: NPO software and service revenue by supplier type, worldwide, 2013-2018 Figure 3: SON software and service revenue by supplier type, worldwide, 2013-2018 Figure 4: CSP business objectives, technologies and services Figure 5: Illustrative example of the scale, impact and characteristics of SON features and deployments Figure 6: Expected changes to mobile network operators' focus on service quality during the next 5 years Figure 7: NPO and SON: use of network analytics for network planning and optimisation Figure 8: Automated approach to network planning and optimisation Figure 9: NPO and SON: possible deployment architecture Figure 10: 3GPP SON functionality for LTE and UMTS networks, by release number Figure 11: SON enhancements available up to 3GPP Release 11 Figure 12: Alcatel-Lucent software tools used in NPO Figure 13a-b: Ericsson software tools used in NPO Figure 14: Nokia Networks software tools used in NPO
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