Subscriber migration and uptake of LTE services will have a great impact on the network in the early months and years of LTE rollout. If a network is not configured and sized for the demand imposed upon it, resource shortages lead to congestion and unhappy subscribers. On the other hand, if a network is oversized, reduced profitability leads to unhappy shareholders. Accurate capacity analysis provides the happy medium. It is important to get the right capacity analysis system in place early on.
Commercial LTE network deployments are well underway. Only now are the operational aspects of the technology being understood. Some of the capacity and performance challenges introduced with LTE implementations include:
To assist with migrations network equipment manufacturers are supplying hardware that can provide the functions of multiple network elements in a single box. The choice of how to configure these elements across functions and network technologies has a massive impact on network spending. The complexity of this problem is increased with the need to assess these configurations across multiple vendors. Simple spreadsheet modeling or market by market assessment of these types of problems puts a huge risk on the successful launch of LTE services. A better approach is needed.
Analytics-Based Capacity Planning
To address these challenges operators need an end-to-end network capacity analysis software environment that spans the fixed part of the RAN, Packet Core and Voice Cores for 2G/3G and LTE networks. They need to be able to use analytics to:
Operators Need Revenue Analytics and Profitability Dashboards as shown below:
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