If CSPs want to unlock the potential of 5G networks, they need automation. Automation reduces error in network operations and service management and accelerates tasks. Automation benefits CSPs in three areas:Service Creation – The ability to design, build and test new revenue-generating services using automation reduces development costs and time-to-market.
Revenue Generation – The ability to rapidly deploy, provision and orchestrate network functionality and services across networks and rapidly deliver them to end-users increases revenue and improves time-to-cash.
Network Performance – The ability to monitor networks in real-time, to locate, identify and resolve network and security issues as they arise increases network availability and enhances customer satisfaction.
Design & Test: designing and testing new network components and services for deployment is time consuming, resource intensive and expensive. Automation of the new product development process has a huge operational impact and is often an automation starting point. More services can be rolled out faster, and at a lower cost.
Deployment & Orchestration: the deployment of network components on a virtualized infrastructure (NFVi) is a common automation start point. Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and Cloud-Native Functions (CNFs) can be deployed automatically and scaled to meet changing demand using an orchestration system. These are the foundations that complex services are built upon.
Monitor & Assure: network optimization and fault management are obvious targets for automation. Self-optimizing networks (SON) improves network efficiency. The ability to analyse network performance and respond to issues or outages in real-time has a huge impact on customer satisfaction. Automated, or "closed loop" assurance provides immediate operational improvements and is also a popular automation starting point.More info: network automation