Here’s how Network Management Automation will prepare you for the future
5G is closer than you think. The development of the fifth-generation wireless network is already costing billions to Telecom Operators. And two years from now, phase one developments are expected to increase, focusing on the release of chipsets for 5G compatible smartphones, 5G fixed wireless broadband availability, and equipment standards.
It is predicted that network-related investments will increase by up to 60% in 2020. According to a Barclays report, building a 5G network in the United States is estimated to cost around $300 billion. In Europe, that investment is expected to reach between €300 billion and €500 billion.
Last year, we were also reminded that 5G transformation will require a collaboration between multiple technologies, verticals, and bands, to offer a seamless user experience across multiple use cases. And that issues of transparency, quality of service, spectrum licensing will appear as 5G develops.
Unlike 4G, the fifth-generation network will support over 1,000 more devices per meter. Will be 20 times faster. And will be able to switch to a lower power mode when not in use. 4G networks use frequencies below 6 GHz. 5G will likely use extremely high frequencies in the 30 GHz to 300 GHz range, supporting a huge capacity for fast data.
The future is upon us, there’s no denying it. And if you own a Telco business, you must target customer-centric approaches. Ensuring, at all times, that the end-user experience is at its optimal state. How do you do that, at minimal costs? Through network management automation tools.
Never underestimate the power of automation and data correlation. Solving network performance issues relies on constant data analysis. To address this issue, Celfinet designed 5G-ready, multi-vendor and multi-technology products that are able to reduce network complexity, by correlating network data in one intuitive web interface.
Using machine learning algorithms Celfinet’s network management solutions compare multiple network data sources and transform it into ready-to-use data. This way, one can improve decision making and ensure Quality of Service, following the best practices.
Moving forward from a traditional manual approach, these solutions enable the automation of multiple activities regarding engineering, analysis and project management. As they don’t require as many human resources.
Supplier-agnostic RAN benchmarking products like Vismon Observer, for instance, give full QoS control against the competition. As it uses a top-notch GIS platform to highlight which geographical areas and KPIs need improvement.
Configuration Management products such as Vismon Manager, will reduce OPEX and improve network QoS. It orchestrates multiple vendors and technologies, allowing an overview of Network Rollouts, network design policies, and control over network inventory.
Vismon Energy, will allow you to get highly accurate power consumption information. Thus, you can lead existing software configurations to lower power consumption. And make most efficient investment decisions when moving to 5G.
As researches are being developed across 56 countries, there are still many variables to be analyzed. Flexible network management tools like Vismon will help support the new challenges that 5G brings, by allowing a detailed visualization of the network’s components at the earliest stages of planning. And a correlation with LEGACY, 2G, 3G, and 4G.
Operators moving from 4G to 5G will definitely need to keep up with high-demanding user expectations. Values such as speed, latency, data volume, quality of service and mobility, are part of 5G’s beauty and complexity. With this in mind, Celfinet aims to offer products that increase network management efficiency, as well as expert consulting services to support mobile operators during the 5G journey.