5G migration: SON solutions must become the brains of the network

LONDON, Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — “Vendors that can provide SON ‘2.0’ capabilities will unlock MNO investment and play a significant role in 5G migrations.”

Self-optimising network (SON) solutions have been hailed as the route to efficient, flexible mobile networks in which manual processes are automated to support massive scale.

LONDON, Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — “Vendors that can provide SON ‘2.0’ capabilities will unlock MNO investment and play a significant role in 5G migrations.”

Self-optimising network (SON) solutions have been hailed as the route to efficient, flexible mobile networks in which manual processes are automated to support massive scale. In reality, deployments beyond very basic use cases have been limited and our survey indicates that most mobile network operators (MNOs) have reduced their 1-to-2-year investment expectations as they wait for more functionality. Vendors need to kickstart a new wave of investment in SON technology by making it a platform that can improve revenue, not just reduce costs, and become the brains of the new network.

THIS REPORT PROVIDES ANSWERS TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS.
– How can vendors develop SON solutions to enhance their platforms for 4.5G and 5G migration?
– How will SON solutions improve the returns from densification and virtualisation?
– What is the role of SON solutions in an effective 5G ROI strategy?
– How much do MNOs intend to invest in SON solutions between 2016 and 2022 and for what purposes?
– What will hold MNOs back from deploying SON solutions?
– What do MNOs want vendors and industry organisations to deliver to make their plans viable to deploy?

Who Needs to read this Report

– CTOs, CIOs and business development executives in vendors providing, or planning to provide SON and wider network optimisation solutions to MNOs or other operators. These include pure-play SON providers, NEPs, telecoms software providers, telecoms service providers, small-cell and Wi-Fi access point vendors.
– MNO CTO departments that want insight into what their peers and competitors are thinking about how they are planning to use SON solutions.

This report analyses the way in which self-optimising network (SON) solutions can enable critical elements of mobile network operators’ (MNOs’) migration to 4.5G and 5G, including densification and virtualisation. Despite high expectations, the commercial impact of the first generation of SON solutions has been disappointing, but SON 2.0 solutions can support richer functionality aligned to MNOs’ commercial objectives.

However, there are barriers to large-scale deployment, including operator resistance to automation, and slow vendor progress towards open multi-vendor solutions. Based on in-depth surveys of MNOs, this report outlines what operators require from the vendor community before they will deploy SON at scale, and the risks to the whole ecosystem, and the road to 5G, if this does not happen within the next few years.
The report also provides recommendations for network equipment providers (NEPs) and SON solution vendors.

It is based on several sources:
– survey of 68 MNOs about plans, drivers and barriers
– interviews with NEPs and specialised vendors in the SON market.

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