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April 08, 2015 17:05 ET

Infonetics Whitepaper: Centralized SON (C-SON) Paving the Way to True Zero-Touch Networking

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwired - April 08, 2015) - A new white paper by technology market research firm Infonetics Research, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), examines the role of centralized self-optimizing networks (C-SON) in organizing mobile access networks.

The white paper, The Logical Rise of C-SON, which can be downloaded at http://www.infonetics.com/download.asp?id=49, discusses the rising need for, benefits of, and fundamental role of vendor-agnostic centralized SON in addressing the mounting complexity in 2G/3G/LTE networks that often results from multi-vendor distributed environments.

"Although the concept of network automation is not new, self-optimizing networks (SON) provide the first iteration of the 'zero-touch' network, which only 10 years ago was perceived as an unrealistic dream. It just took LTE to make it happen, initially in the form of proprietary distributed SON (D-SON), which created so much complexity that the need emerged for a centralized SON (C-SON) system," said Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research, now part of IHS.

"There are innumerable possibilities and business cases for C-SON, paving the way to the achievement and materialization of the true zero-touch, zero-human-intervention network," Téral said.

C-SON WHITE PAPER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Centralized SON (C-SON) solutions collect, analyze and process performance data and automatically adjust network configuration parameters
  • Drivers behind the implementation of C-SON include 2G/3G network complexity, LTE network coordination, customization needs, and specific business cases such as spectrum clearing for LTE
  • Operators are typically deploying C-SON to address specific business issues such as network performance optimization, quality of experience and operational inefficiencies
    • Examples include: Improving voice call and data session drop rates; tackling coverage holes; dealing with key parameter indicators (KPIs)
  • From proof-of-concept to live deployments, C-SON is making serious inroads, and as the planet grows closer to being blanketed by LTE, C-SON opportunities will swell
  • Operators such as Vodafone Hutchinson, AT&T, TIM Brasil and Turkcell have already implemented C-SON

Topics in Infonetics' 11-page whitepaper include what C-SON solutions do, market drivers, why C-SON opportunities are growing, operator use cases for deploying C-SON, which operators have already implemented C-SON, and more. Download the free whitepaper at http://www.infonetics.com/download.asp?id=49.

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Infonetics Research, now part of IHS (NYSE: IHS), is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize and compete more effectively. Follow Infonetics on Twitter for the latest headlines: http://twitter.com/infonetics.

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    Principal Analyst, Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics
    Infonetics Research / IHS
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