June is typically a very busy month, with a number of exhibitions to be attended. This year Eirteic attended TM Forum Live! in Nice and LTE World Summit in Amsterdam. The events created some interesting thoughts about how things are progressing around subjects such as: SDN, NFV, SON and 5G.
Given that we are 5 years since the first 4G rollout and 5 years from a 5G roll out, it got me thinking about how we are progressing with the management of LTE. The rollout is happening but how are we managing it? Service Providers are still using legacy platforms such as IBM Netcool and HP TeMIP.
So as we progress toward 5G, how is this going to really change? How do we manage legacy 2G, 3G services whilst maintaining LTE and assuring future 5G services.
Can we really do this using 20 year old platforms?
Most likely not, especially if we want to continue to be able to innovate and reduce operational expenditure. With the advance of mobile technology there has been little or no change to the quality of services provided, but this can only go on for so long.
A lot is being made of new hardware technologies: Small Cell and 5G, but there is not much foresight on the operational side of things, and that ultimately needs to change because managing legacy OSS is going to become increasingly difficult and with that will bring spiralling opex costs.
Moving to 5G will be a comprehensive task, with the transformation of user interfaces, connectivity, infrastructure and operations. Dealing with the management challenges that 5G will bring, will need planning and the creation of a 21st Century OSS architecture providing evolving analytics, automation, actionable intelligence and orchestration capabilities.
Eirteic are working with a number of service providers to deliver just that, a Unified OSS architecture that not only manages the legacy but are future proofed for 21st Century innovation. Our partners AssureNow, FNT and Cortex are providing innovative solutions to allow our customers to Unify end to end services across converged infrastructures, Simplify service management process and Enable TCO reduction.