Monday, March 12, 2012

[Analysys Mason]: SON can Reduce Total Cost of Network Deployment and Operations by 25%

SON - Self-organizing Networks or Self-optimizing Networks gained some traction recently - see: "AT&T Deploys Intucell SON Solution (Est. $55M Over 4 Years)" - here and "Ericsson automates optimization of mobile networks" - here.
Last November Infonetics said ".. SON is about to skyrocket: we forecast global SON software revenue to grow at an 84% CAGR from 2010 to 2015" (see "Infonetics Sees $3B Mobile Optimization and SON Market by 2015" - here). 

A new white paper by Mark Mortensen (pictured), Principal Analyst, Analysys Mason and Gerry Foster, Director of Technology Engineering, AIRCOM International, discusses "Self-organising networks (SON) features, which allow for the automation of several tasks in mobile networks, are being standardised by 3GPP with a goal of reducing LTE opex costs by 60% while optimising network operation, equipment use and user experience ... This white paper discusses a model of the likely benefits that can be realised in a realistic network. In the base model, the operator introduces SON features (in a hybrid architecture) in both UMTS and LTE over a period of three years, while LTE is minimally deployed and UMTS capacity augmentation primarily meets the increasing data needs. The paper also outlines the additional benefits that can be gained through an aggressive LTE roll-out"

"The model finds that the total cost of network deployment and operations can be reduced by 25% or more through the deployment of a hybrid SON architecture, leading to an EBITDA 5% larger than if the SON features were not implemented".

See "Hybrid SON ROI in realistic deployments of mixed 3G/4G networks" - here.  

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