February 9, 2020
5G brings more capacity, lower latency, better performance, but also makes wireless networks more complex. Automation, AI and ML can help us manage and benefit from this complexity and eventually make wireless networks autonomous. This requires a new underlying architecture and a gradual evolution from manual to autonomous networks.
5G and beyond: Hybrid networks are here to stay
July 17, 2019
Virtualization, digital transformation and 5G are taking us on a path towards hybrid networks, in which convergence, integration and coexistence among the different components is more than a way to protect legacy and ensure service continuity. Monolithic and homogeneous networks are no longer capable to address our growing and increasingly diverse connectivity needs. With hybrid networks, evolution to new technologies is not about rip and replace: it is about flexible and dynamic integration and coexistence.
Automate your way out of complexity. And benefit from it
July 13, 2019
As networks evolve to 5G, become virtualized and distributed, and serve a wider range of devices, complexity grows and presents new challenges. How can automation help us manage complexity? Can complexity become and opportunity to increase network efficiency and profitability?
The power of location in networks without borders
May 31, 2019
Digital transformation and virtualization erase the borders across elements and layers and bring end-to-end visibility into wireless networks. Tearing down borders that isolate network components frees operators from the constraints of location, but it does not abstract network performance from location. On the contrary, networks without borders unlock the power of location.
Know your network. Extracting the benefits of virtualization
December 15, 2018
In this blog on the benefits of virtualization, Monica Paolini, Senza Fili, argues that to gather the knowledge they need and leverage it to optimize their networks, service providers need to change the way they run their networks, concurrently along multiple dimensions.
Webinar: How subscriber intelligence and network insights can ease migration to 5G
June 10, 2018
The ability to understand and obtain insights into network performance from the customer perspective will offer a key advantage to operators as they plan their migration to 5G.
Ciena: From automated to autonomic networks
April 9, 2018
Automation in wireless networks is still surprisingly limited in both scope and depth, but operators have been trying to automate some functions over the years. This type of automation has been driven by a top-down, static approach that translates the knowledge of engineers into scripts that execute repetitive actions. As networks become more complex and powerful, though, this type of automation is no longer sufficient.
Automation: Learn to automate, or automate to learn?
April 4, 2018
What happens when an operator starts to automate its processes? How does the internal culture change, what are the financial benefits, and how does it affect the services the operator offers? Petri Hautakangas and Pablo Tapia at Tupl talked about this and more in this conversation for the “Going deeper with automation” report
Automation: Is zero-touch automation possible?
March 28, 2018
In this conversation with Mansoor Hanif, Director of the Converged Network Research Lab at BT, we talked about how automation is evolving, from the scripts of a decade or more ago to zero-touch automation.
Automation: Wireless Intelligence enables automated networks
March 12, 2018
The networks of the future will be automated, but how will we get there? I talked with Kevin Xu, Head of Marketing Operations at Huawei, about the role of what Huawei calls Wireless Intelligence in setting the path and enabling network automation.