Tag Archives: C-SON

Surviving in a SON world

Abstract Lasers and CirclesMobile network operators (MNOs) are well aware that their networks are becoming increasingly congested. In fact, mobile data traffic is projected to increase at a CAGR of 42.5 percent over the next five years. And with networks now incorporating technologies from a growing number of equipment providers, complexity is only increasing, which complicates things even further. This is why MNOs are seeking vendor-agnostic optimization solutions that increase capacity as well as boost quality of experience (QoE) and ROI. So as the industry migrates towards the second-generation of self-optimizing networks (SON), now is the perfect time to look at what surviving […]  More >>

D-SON Alone Won’t Cut It

Using D-SON for network optimization is like trying to cut meat with a spoon. It's the wrong tool for the jobIn 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 >>

C-SON: A Game Changer for Mobile Network Operators

MNOs want the same thing as everyone else - to beat the competitionTo stay ahead of network demands and provide an exceptional subscriber experience, MNOs need to move beyond outdated network management methods and shift to an automated technology to manage their HetNets. They need to look to C-SON.  More >>

SON: A Living Playbook for Network Management

mourinhoLike any good football manager, a mobile network operator (MNO) might have its own network management “playbook” with detailed policies and instructions for handling network issues that came their way. But with the incredible complexity of multi-technology and multi-vendor networks today, this is no longer enough. It’s simply not possible to document every possible issue and reaction. Decisions on how to react to network issues have become more multi-layered and interconnected than ever, and need to be made much faster. Even if a network team had the time to write down everything they might need to do in a given […]  More >>

Why independence is vital in HetNet management

Independence is critical when it comes to HetNet managementManaging HetNets with their different access technologies, different network vendors, and different cell sizes is complicated. The right C-SON system will have everything in place to be that simplifying, optimizing force. And for this to be effective, it requires vendor independence as well as a resolute focus on improving network management and the customer experience.  More >>

Big surprise: LTE networks are overstretched. Now what?

SON: Not just a temporary fixThe 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 >>

If self-optimizing networks are the answer, what are the questions?

3179711337_0c2df452ae_bSelf-optimizing networks (SON) have the potential to massively improve the running of an operator’s network and business. It can dramatically cut OPEX and CAPEX associated with running a network and make life simpler for network managers and engineers. But before leaping into implementing SON, there are key considerations that mobile operators need to think through. Awareness of potential challenges can serve as a guide, helping to maximize the technology’s potential and prevent problems down the line.  More >>

Radio access networks, the true home of customer experience management

178552313With the widespread introduction of self-optimizing network (SON) features within the radio access network (RAN), customer experience measurements are rapidly shifting toward the more relevant metric of active customer experience improvement. Operators who have implemented SON, and especially centralized SON (C-SON), have seen impressive gains in their network performance resulting in enriched customer experiences. They have seen greater than 15 percent improvement in capacity utilization and over 20 percent improvement in dropped call rate, typically within a few hours or days after SON installation.  More >>