Infonetics Survey: Mobile Operators Leaning on Self-Organizing Networks to Keep Opex in Check

CAMPBELL, Calif.--()--Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2013 SON and Optimization Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey, for which Infonetics interviewed wireless, incumbent, and competitive operators around the world about their network optimization strategies and self-organizing network (SON) deployment plans.

ANALYST NOTE

“Mobile operators know they need to keep network operating expenses under control, and they’re placing a big bet on SON while acknowledging the complexity of and their unease with automation that minimizes human intervention and maximizes computerization,” notes Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research.

“Nonetheless, the ultimate goal is to use cell planning and field testing for zero-touch, self-healing networks,” Téral continues, “But it’ll take some time to get there. SON’s just started, after all.”

SON AND OPTIMIZATION SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 87% of operators participating in Infonetics’ survey have deployed SON in their networks, up 27% from a year ago
  • SON is building momentum in 3.5G network optimization: A few large incumbents have already deployed SON as the key optimization tool for their 3.5G networks, and this trend appears unstoppable
  • A large majority of operator respondents view “overall implementation” as the #1 technical challenge when implementing SON
  • Two-thirds of respondents are evaluating centralized SON (C-SON) vendors Celcite and InfoVista to manage their distributed SON (D-SON) LTE networks
  • By 2015, 100% of those surveyed plan to use network- and handset/subscriber-based tools for mobile network optimization, reflecting the growing influence of SON on network self-learning

SON SURVEY SYNOPSIS

For its 28-page SON and optimization survey, Infonetics interviewed independent wireless, incumbent, and competitive operators in EMEA, North America, Asia, and Latin America about their network optimization strategies and SON deployment plans. The study provides insights into SON features, drivers, implementation barriers, technical challenges, and vendors. Operators surveyed together represent 1/3 of the world’s telecom capex and carrier revenue and 25% of all mobile subscribers. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

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Infonetics Research
PRESS:
Stéphane Téral, +1 408-583-3371
Principal Analyst, Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics
stephane@infonetics.com

"Mobile operators know they need to keep network operating expenses under control, and they're placing a big bet on SON (self-organizing networks) while acknowledging the complexity of and their unease with automation that minimizes human intervention and maximizes computerization. Nonetheless, the ultimate goal is to use cell planning and field testing for zero-touch, self-healing networks. But it'll take some time to get there. SON's just started, after all." - Stephane Teral, Principal Analyst, Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics, Infonetics Research (Graphic: Infonetics Research)

"Mobile operators know they need to keep network operating expenses under control, and they're placing a big bet on SON (self-organizing networks) while acknowledging the complexity of and their unease with automation that minimizes human intervention and maximizes computerization. Nonetheless, the ultimate goal is to use cell planning and field testing for zero-touch, self-healing networks. But it'll take some time to get there. SON's just started, after all." - Stephane Teral, Principal Analyst, Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics, Infonetics Research (Graphic: Infonetics Research)

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Release Summary

Excerpts from Infonetics' 2013 service provider survey on SON (self-organizing networks) and optimization strategies. Author: Principal Analyst Stephane Teral.

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Contacts

Infonetics Research
PRESS:
Stéphane Téral, +1 408-583-3371
Principal Analyst, Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics
stephane@infonetics.com