SON is ready to rise in mobile backhaul networks

According to Infonetics, the primary reasons to deploy SON (self-organizing networks) are OpEx reduction, improvement in capacity, quality, network performance, and small cell usage. I have been hearing exactly the same message in my discussions with service providers all over the world. The fundamental goal of SON is to minimize the network lifecycle-related cost.

The key steps toward achieving this goal are to eliminate manual equipment configuration during the deployment, dynamically optimize radio network performance during operations and automatically heal the network in the case of failures. Operators are looking to stay competitive by reducing network cost and enabling profitable retail services.

Targeted for LTE, but utilized already in 3G

SON deployments were expected to kick off only along with LTE, but SON concepts have already been exploited in massive 3G networks, such as that of AT&T. According to AT&T, the provider has reduced the call-drop rate by 10% and improved throughput speeds by 10% with the SON solutions it's deployed.

 In today’s LTE networks, SON is used in radio networks with the Automatic Neighbor Relations (ANR) feature, which self-configures the list of neighboring cells in a LTE network and therefore eliminates a massive amount of manual configurations. Tellabs can provide similar efficiency and automation in mobile backhaul networks. With a holistic SON deployment, service providers can achieve more comprehensive benefits. 

What can SON offer to service providers?

Even though SON is currently in its initial phase, it will eventually provide:  

  • Increased speed of deployment and maintenance
  • Lower risk of manual errors
  • Optimized network utilization to control additional investments
  • Ability to reassign highly skilled personnel to more valuable tasks.

SON will grow its footprint in the future with more comprehensive features that will evolve over time. It will reduce OpEx, improve customers’ quality of experience and optimize small cell deployments.  

Network management plays an integral role in SON

Tellabs leads the way in self-organizing networks in mobile backhaul. Our SON solution in mobile backhaul consists of four areas--planning, deployment, optimization and maintenance, covering the breadth of the entire network lifecycle. Efficient backhaul network planning helps to optimize CapEx. In addition, automated deployment shortens rollout time from days to minutes and minimizes installation costs.

Intelligent network optimization helps to lower operational costs by enabling the network usage in a smart way. Plus, efficient and automated maintenance functions improve service availability and quality of experience.

SON is ready to rise in mobile backhaul networks in 2013. Learn more about Tellabs’ SON solution in our latest solution brief, “Tellabs Self-Organizing Networks for Mobile Backhaul.”