Amdocs has launched a centralized network management and optimization suite that integrates former Actix and Celcite optimization capabilities with a range of network analytics applications. Like many vendors, Amdocs is convinced it needs to target the intersection between network automation, network optimization, and network analytics with a set of integrated capabilities. Hence the dividing lines between these key areas will continue to blur.
Vendors driven to connect
The Amdocs Centralized Management and Optimization solution is targeted at the radio access network (RAN) and includes SON (self-organizing network), network management, and customer experience geolocation capabilities. Over the next 9–12 months, the vendor intends to strengthen the suite by expanding its automated analytics capabilities.
This month's launch is the culmination of an integration process started back in 2013 when Amdocs announced that it was acquiring network management and optimization vendors Actix and Celcite. It has been a busy month for Amdocs, with the release of its latest CES 9.3 portfolio as well as a new suite of big data and analytics applications.
This year's Mobile World Congress saw a spate of network analytics and optimization announcements, and the pace of change is not easing off. For example, only last month Nokia announced that it has signed a deal to acquire SON vendor Eden Rock Communications in order to enhance its centralized multivendor radio optimization capabilities.
One of the factors driving interest in network automation, optimization, and analytics is that when the LTE rollout was in full flood, operators were preoccupied primarily with upfront costs, but as the investment cycle has moved on, the focus has shifted to getting more out of existing networks. But the reasons are not just cyclical. As network complexity and variety increases, so does the need for integrated systems capable of delivering automated optimization of heterogeneous networks (HetNets) in a multivendor environment. Furthermore, complex hybrid architectures will require more automation.
Vendors are also aware that they need to prepare the ground for the adoption of NFV and SDN by introducing deep analytics capabilities and taking a more centralized approach to network management and optimization. In an increasingly dynamic operating environment, a mix of capabilities will be required to support activities such as predictive capacity planning, automatic allocation of radio capacity, improved SLA management, and targeted customer experience.
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Kris Szaniawski, Lead Analyst, Intelligent Networks