The Fourth Generation (4G) of cellular communications based on the Long Term
Evolution (LTE) standard promises much great network capacity. This greater
supply of bandwidth will stimulate the development, implementation and
operation of many new applications, each with very unique quality of service,
bandwidth, and performance needs.
It will be a much more complex network and this will facilitate a need for
improved operations and OSS. A key driver for improving OSS for 4G systems,
the so called Self Organizing Network (SON) has been introduced as part of the
3GPP LTE network framework. SON is expected to be deployed over time and
ultimately have a dramatically positive effect on network operations and OSS.
This research evaluates SON capabilities, vendors, and solutions. It analyzes
the function of SON relative to LTE and evaluates the benefits of deployment
and operation. The report also discusses the future of SON beyond 4G. This
research includes a forecast for overall OSS/BSS revenue.
- Mobile network operators
- Wireless device manufacturers
- Wireless infrastructure providers
- OSS/BSS vendors and service providers
- Network optimization service providers
- LTE application developers and service integrators
- Managed service providers and service bureau organizations