DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/572p22/nudging_the) has announced the addition of the "Nudging the Network toward Self-optimization" report to their offering.
There are several exciting and potentially game-changing innovations underway for communication networks and the software architectures that support them. The self-organizing network (SON) is only the latter. It is neither as new nor exciting as Software Defined Networking (SDN) or Network Function Virtualization (NFV). These developments have captured the industry's imagination. They are generating buzz, as well as serious activity within standards bodies and in the roadmaps of communications service providers.
With a few notable exceptions, such as AT&T's implementation, SON is not generating the same momentum. Stratecast believes the enthusiasm gap stems from SDN and NFV being broad architectural transformations. They are exciting because they are disruptive, and because they represent change and forward thinking. SON simply makes network operators better at what they already do. It enhances processes that CSPs have employed for decades, such as planning and engineering, capacity management, troubleshooting, service assurance, and optimization.
Although SDN and SON are currently what the late zoologist and geologist, Stephen Jay Gould, would call non-overlapping magisteria (meaning they operate in separate domains), there is potential for the technologies to become more entwined as they begin to drive software-driven architectures.
That SON should command less attention than SDN or NFV is unfortunate; but also may be a positive sign that CSPs are now truly focusing on developments that directly benefit the customer experience rather than the bottom line, which SON can certainly help them deliver. Some would argue that SON also improves the customer experience by ensuring that capacity meets demand but Stratecast views SON primarily as a streamlining and optimization exercise, for now.
Also, SON will not get the inter-departmental push the other technologies get because it is not something CSPs can easily charge for. It is not a revenue generator. Besides, CSPs are in no hurry to hand over the planning, configuration and maintenance of their networks to a computer. Still, SON will come. It is a significant step in a long-desired direction. It will not come all at once, but will proceed tentatively from the largely manual process that exists today, to a semi-automated process where Stratecast believes it will linger until some brave or desperate CSP goes fully automatic.
This report will examine the various forms SON might take, as well as CSPs' concerns and drivers for SON. It will also cover some of the approaches appearing in the market today; and, finally, offer Stratecast's analysis on where SON is headed.
Key Topics Covered:
Nudging the Network toward Self-optimization
Optimization Takes a 'Selfie'
A Nagging Discomfort with Networks on Autopilot - CSPs Speak Out
CSPs Reveal Their Motivations and Expected Benefits from SON
Advancing Toward SON
Stratecast - The Last Word
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