Category Archives: SON

D-SON Alone Won’t Cut It

In 2014 we saw impressive mobile data growth, and Gartner is expecting 2015 to be just the same. With data increasing at double-digit rates, mobile networks are at risk of becoming heavily congested. Compounding this issue is a growing subscriber base on high-speed 3G and 4G LTE networks. More users combined with intensifying data demands are driving an untold number of mobile network providers to investigate network optimization solutions. In fact, it is predicted that by 2016 Self-Organizing Network (SON) revenue will be worth $3 billion, surpassing conventional mobile network optimization revenue by more than 20%. With so much money […]  More >>

4 Driving Forces for SON

The self-optimizing network (SON) conversation is changing. There’s a new maturity. Operators know they need it and it is a case of when and how, rather than if. But what’s driving this change? Well, it varies… For many it is pure and simple data overload. Mobile data traffic is expected to increase at a CAGR of 42.5% over the next five years. With network traffic expected to double every year, the 4G buffer will eventually be exhausted. Although 4G is still providing relief for 3G networks, it won’t be long before it becomes the new scarce network resource. To minimize […]  More >>

What Sparks the Move to SON?

You may have heard today’s announcement that Vodafone Hutchison Australia has just implemented Amdocs SON. But what’s interesting is their particular reason for doing so. Most operators recognize that self-optimizing network (SON) capabilities are required in the long-term battle to control OPEX, delay CAPEX and improve customer experience in complex heterogeneous networks. That’s why most are either current evaluating or have already deployed SON. But beyond seeking to achieve these important benefits, there is often a specific situation that sparks the change.   More >>

When should my network go live with SON?

Service providers are working hard to determine when to switch their network over to an automated self-optimizing network. For Tanya White, the decision comes down to three considerations: Business readiness, technical readiness and cultural readiness.  More >>

Making SON Customer-Centric

SON technology is an indispensable tool for operators to plan, manage, and optimize their mobile networks. It determines when and where data is being used the most, so that operators can allocate resources accordingly in a smart, strategic manner. But SON is not just about smarter use of data. It is also about the ability to immediately boost network capacity by 10 to 15 percent, which means more responsive apps, simply due to more efficient use of the network. And on 3G networks that have been optimized through the deployment of SON, subscribers are experiencing as much as 20% fewer dropped calls.   More >>

Big surprise: LTE networks are overstretched. Now what?

The expression, “if you build it, they will come,” adapted from the movie Field of Dreams, isn’t always the best business model. Yet that’s exactly what happened with LTE networks. Operators built them, and subscribers came. The simple lure of faster data on a mobile device was enough to draw in millions of subscribers worldwide. Then the inevitable happened. People started using the networks. A lot. And now a number of operators are telling us that their LTE networks are stretched to breaking point.   More >>

7 Key Benefits of Self-Optimizing Networks

There’s no doubt about it; as service providers move towards optimizing their networks through automation, the adoption of self-optimizing networks (SONs) is growing. The last year couple of years have seen double digit growth for the network optimization and SON software market, particularly for existing 3G networks. And after more than a decade of manual optimization effort, operators are finally reaping the benefits of automation and implementing SON.  More >>