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Self-optimising network (SON) solutions have been hailed as the route to efficient, flexible mobile networks in which manual processes are automated to support massive scale. In reality, deployments beyond very basic use cases have been limited and our survey indicates that most mobile network operators (MNOs) have reduced their 1-to-2-year investment expectations as they wait for more functionality. Vendors need to kickstart a new wave of investment in SON technology by making it a platform that can improve revenue, not just reduce costs, and become the brains of the new network.
This report provides answers to the following questions.
- How can vendors develop SON solutions to enhance their platforms for 4.5G and 5G migration?
- How will SON solutions improve the returns from densification and virtualisation?
- What is the role of SON solutions in an effective 5G ROI strategy?
- How much do MNOs intend to invest in SON solutions between 2016 and 2022 and for what purposes?
- What will hold MNOs back from deploying SON solutions?
- What do MNOs want vendors and industry organisations to deliver to make their plans viable to deploy?
SON solutions will be the brains of 5G and cloud-RAN