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As operators start deploying centralized SON solutions, they will find a wide range of vendor options, including RAN vendors such as Ericsson and Huawei but also independent vendors.


  • Centralized SON (C-SON) has had slower uptake in part because of its greater network complexity. Given its centralized location within the network, C-SON has a broader reach over the radio network and can help optimize both the macro and small cell layers. With heterogeneous networks (HetNets) increasing in number, the demand for C-SON solutions will also grow.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn why C-SON solution providers tend to be separate from RAN vendors
  • Identify how RAN vendors can have a bigger role in the C-SON market

Key questions answered

  • Why do C-SON vendors tend to be separate from the RAN vendor?
  • What are some of the the characteristics of C-SON vendors?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Pros and cons to using a RAN-provided C-SON versus one from an independent vendor
  • Demand for C-SON independence will remain
  • How RAN vendors can create a greater sense of independence


  • Further reading
  • Author

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