Orchestration and Automation in a Siloed Operational Environment
Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are seeking to transform their network infrastructure, operational processes, and internal mindset in a bid to capture new growth. The transformation is, in part, being driven by a growth of user data demand, a massive increase in connected devices, an overly complex network, and the adoption of 5G. 5G natively introduces increased digitization, in turn creating more business processes and interfaces. The automation gaps that characterize the industry’s vertical technology stacks do not lend themselves to Internet-like scalability and agility. This is particularly relevant for 5G and on-demand network slicing, both of which call for two significant changes in CSPs’ operations: first, automation should be extended to the transport network, which is as important as the access and core network for network slicing capabilities, and second, rapid service provisioning and End-to-End (E2E) lifecycle management warrant multi-domain monitoring and automation capabilities.
Automation is not …
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