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Unified service assurance solutions enable operators to rationalise assurance tools and processes, remove siloes and prepare for the evolution to service operation centres (SOCs), predictive operations and network automation.

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Telecoms operators are demanding fully unified service assurance systems – that is, pre-integrated service assurance solutions that provide 'out-of-the-box' performance monitoring, fault, event and service management capabilities. Vendors have responded to this demand by acquiring assets to fill gaps in their assurance portfolios or by developing these solutions from the ground up.
This report looks at the business environment and the market drivers for unified service assurance solutions and potential strategies for operators.

THIS STRATEGY REPORT:

discusses strategic business drivers for telecoms operators
assesses operator and vendor approaches to unified service assurance systems
provides recommendations for operators and vendors.

COMPANY COVERAGE

CA
IBM
HP
Monolith Software
MYCOM OSI
Systems Mechanics
TEOCO

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The Unified service assurance: understanding the business drivers, key initiatives and benefits

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About this report


Executive summary


Disparate and loosely coupled assurance tools lead to high TCO, long troubleshooting times and prolonged time to market for new services


A successful unified service assurance implementation enables operators to accelerate key tactical and strategic business initiatives


Recommendations


Business drivers


Strategic business drivers


Siloed deployments, ad-hoc in-house development and software inherited from Mandamp;A events have led to increased operational costs


Churn rates are a cause for concern - operators need to improve the customer experience and extend the customer lifecycle


Management of virtualised next-generation networks will require high levels of OSS automation, abstraction and simplification


Operators need to innovate and launch new services faster to compete for new service revenue in the digital economy


Key operator and vendor initiatives


Implementing unified SA enables operators to rationalise assurance tools and processes, and reduces total cost of ownership


Unified SA with real-time analytics and machine learning can accelerate the implementation of predictive operations


Tightly integrated unified SA promotes the case for closed-loop network automation and real-time network optimisation


Unified SA enables operators to accelerate the evolution to the SOC and increase focus on assuring end-to-end service quality


Maturing PM and FM technology, competition from new vendors and the need to drive revenue is providing momentum for product innovation


Implementation approaches


Operators should consider best-of-suite and best-of-breed solutions for service assurance unification


Unified SA implementations require a common data model, a unified GUI and pre-integrated PM and FM underpinned by analytics


Vendors should strengthen their messaging on unified service assurance and take a strategic role to drive innovation


SIs build unified service assurance solutions into CSP operations frameworks using service-oriented architecture


SIs should implement more OSS process automation to reduce costs and prepare for virtualisation


About the author and Analysys Mason


List of figures


Figure 1: The benefits for telecoms operators of deploying unified service assurance solutions


Figure 2: Silo-based deployment of assurance systems


Figure 3: Disadvantages of silo-based assurance tools and process


Figure 4: Unified service assurance as an enabler for key strategic business objectives and operator initiatives


Figure 5: IT spending by business size


Figure 6: The customer lifecycle and its impact on profitability


Figure 7: Evolution of virtualisation in telecoms networks


Figure 8: Telecoms retail revenue by service and total service revenue (retail and wholesale), worldwide, 2009-2018


Figure 9: Illustrative example of how unified service assurance can reduce costs and TCO


Figure 10: The evolution of telecoms operations and service assurance unification


Figure 11: Network automation enabled by unified service assurance


Figure 12: Service operations-based operational approach


Figure 13: Service assurance product maturity curve


Figure 14: Implementation solution options for unified service assurance


Figure 15: Stages of service assurance unification


Figure 16: Integrated performance management (PM), fault management (FM)andnbsp; and service management (SM) - the foundation of unified SA


Figure 17: Vendor solutions for unified service assurance systems


Figure 18: Unified service assurance using system integration approach





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