Road to zero-touch automation
At Mobile World Congress, Las Vegas 2022, I had the pleasure to feature on a panel. Mobile carriers are continuing down the path to zero-touch networks automation with the promised potential to eliminate manual errors, improve operational efficiency and reduce time to market for new services. Below are some of the highlights of panel discussion.
The #1 Driver of Network Automation for Mobile Networks
Network deployment and operations vs. service rollout and support. The ultimate automation should run from service rollout, coming from higher level Service Orchestrators that in turn deploy network functions from Core to Edge and integrate them to deliver an E2E Service. For CSPs today network deployment and faster time to market is the key driver for automation.
Broad Strategic Drivers for Automation.
Especially the catalyst of 5G Cloud Native services that makes Automation to embrace DevOps/CICD tooling. CSPs are looking at cloud automation tooling and methods to embrace for Telco Automation. The API based Network programmability, DevOps CICD, cloud-native services that directly map to 5G Services have been a catalyst to embrace cloud automation. The results show embracing cloud automation brings massive shift in the time to deploy network in a matter of hours instead of weeks.
The Role of RIC and SMO in the ORAN context.
SMO applying automation at scale to simplify the complexity of networks, as well as improve network performance, enhances customer experience and minimize RAN operational costs. The RIC function enables control and optimization of RAN elements and resources, AI/ML workflow including model training and updates, and policy-based guidance of applications/features. (Non Realtime RIC that resides with SMO and Realtime RIC that resides at RAN).
Automation helps Sustainability
Using AIOPs Automation the gNB sites power is optimized as per use, enabling sustainability. Rather than having the NF’s compute resources staying on even when the traffic is low.
What are the roadblocks? Internal issues like lack of expertise, internal ownership, employee bias is the legacy way of working. We face industry issues such as a lack of cloud-native maturity of CNFs and therefore are yet to witness more of the telco industry to embrace hyperscale automation.
Want to know more?
Cloud automation for 5G network https://d1.awsstatic.com/whitepapers/cloud-automation-for-5g-network.pdf?did=wp_card&trk=wp_card
CICD for 5G network on AWS https://docs.aws.amazon.com/whitepapers/latest/cicd_for_5g_networks_on_aws/cicd_for_5g_networks_on_aws.html?did=wp_card&trk=wp_card
Network slicing with cloudify on AWS https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/industries/implementing-5g-network-slicing-with-cloudify-on-aws/