To keep pace with competitors, IoT and the rise of edge computing – network transformation is mission critical. However, as modern networks are highly complex, this transformation has the potential to be a time-consuming and costly process. From FTTA and C-RAN architecture upgrades, to laying fiber and connecting BBU pool resources to the core network, there are countless steps that must be taken to ensure data is properly transported over mobile networks to geographically dispersed users.
Perhaps the single most important thing that mobile operators can do to ensure a successful network transformation is to adopt a unified resource management approach. This means recognizing the synergy that exists between IT, data center and telecommunications resources and managing them accordingly. FNT Command is an ideal solution for operating and managing the hybrid resources of today’s telecommunications networks. Its integrated data model accurately tracks all resources – physical, logical and virtual – and merges with key systems to ensure critical information is available to users throughout the entire organization.
In the present world of 4G and the next generation of 5G, networks are comprised of a multitude of traditional network technologies including passive fiber infrastructure, mobile technologies using C-RAN architecture, a virtualized mobile core and the virtualization of BBU functions in mobile RAN. That being said, it’s crucial for the configuration data and all of the physical, logical and virtual resource information to be readily available and easily accessible at all times. In the event of a network error or service issue, the mobile operator must have immediate access to all the information needed to analyze and remedy the situation promptly. FNT Command provides end-to-end visibility throughout the network and analyzes dependencies and impacts across all layers. It therefore enables mobile operators to properly manage both the active transport network used in the fronthaul as well as the core network through the backhaul.
FNT Command also makes it easy to plan and document new sites, extend networks and modify existing sites. Structured processes and automation reduce errors and increase efficiency. The same holds true for managing the rollout process. FNT Command automatically creates work orders, sends them to the field for execution, checks inventory, and integrates with ERP systems to manage the purchasing process with suppliers. Additionally, FNT Command’s documentation functionality lets network planners know exactly which physical, logical, and virtual resources are available while providing detailed information about them. These process efficiencies result in substantial cost savings and streamline network transformation.
To learn how FNT Command can help you take a unified approach to resource management and simplify your 5G transformation, read our article recently featured in Intercomms.
To learn more about FNT’s solutions for telecommunications service providers, visit NetworkTransformation.fntsoftware.com