5G migration: SON solutions must become the brains of the network
"Vendors that can provide SON '2.0' capabilities will unlock MNO investment and play a significant role in 5G migrations."
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.
SON solutions will be the brains of 5G and cloud-RAN