Lewes, DE -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/07/2014 -- Mobile network operators are looking for more automation in order to efficiently manage their large networks, which consist of thousands of base stations with hundreds of settings each. The role of Self-organizing Networks (SON) is to enable efficient, and in some cases programmatic means of fine tuning cellular networks.
SON can fix fundamental problems (i.e. the tire is out of alignment analogy), such as poor coverage and/or dropped calls in an area and it can also be used for short-term, real-time issues (and then potentially be put back the way the network was in the first place. For example, the network may need optimization locally for a specific event such as a sporting event or live show/concert. In all cases, SON is designed to support wireless carriers desire to provide a multitude of different services with high quality of experience for the end-user.
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Approximately 80-85% of global providers focus on SON only in the 3G portion of their networks today. This is because they want to first optimize what is stable and most of the network, while they work out other issues on 4G. The ultimate implementation of SON in 4G networks will bring many advantages. For example, 4G has something called “Reserved Quality” (talked about on 3G, but not really there) as a means of managing Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE). This represents a benefit of SON on LTE in terms of optimizing network to support the QoS/QoE metrics. Leading vendors, such as Amdocs (who acquired Celcite) recognize this and are building solutions for improving customer experience.
This research evaluates SON capabilities, vendors, and solutions. It analyzes the function of SON relative to 3G and LTE and evaluates the benefits of deployment and operation. The report also discusses the future of SON beyond 4G. This research includes a forecast for overall OSS/BSS revenue.
Mobile network operators
Wireless device manufacturers
Wireless infrastructure providers
OSS/BSS vendors and service providers
Network optimization service providers
Wireless network performance companies
LTE application developers and service integrators
Managed service providers and service bureau organizations
SON forecasts and regional outlook
SON case studies and future outlook
Understand SON technology and solutions
Identify the benefits of SON in 4G networks
Understand network optimization alternatives
Recognize SON benefits including CapEx reduction
Identify SON vendors, offerings, and their market positions
Identify the alternative uses for SON including data analytics
Understand SON deployment, operation, and related solutions
Companies covered in the report:
Nokia Siemens Networks
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