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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.

Table Of Contents

The NEPs’ 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 [1]
32.Ericsson: NPO tools [2]
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

List of figures

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

Company coverage

Alcatel-Lucent
Ericsson
Huawei Technologies
Nokia Networks
Samsung
ZTE

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