A Diverse and Rich Ecosystem for 5G Network Assurance
Generally speaking, telco network assurance solutions are provided by three types of companies: independent software vendors, such as NETSCOUT and EXFO; network equipment vendors, such as Huawei, Nokia, ZTE, and Ericsson; and in-house solutions developed by Communication Service Providers (CSPs) themselves (e.g., AT&T using their own in-house testing solution). For telcos, network assurance typically consists of policies, processes, frameworks, and software for monitoring and alerting; however, more comprehensive solutions to manage the lifecycle of network functions, perform root cause analysis of network failures, enable self-healing mechanisms to meet Service Level Agreements (SLAs), and eventually improve Net Promoter Scores (NPSs) as an outcome.
Traditionally, network assurance has been done in silos where the fault, configuration, accounting, performance, and security systems are domain specific (i.e., a vertical approach where assurance and automation are only done on a per-domain basis), but solution providers are moving toward providing interdomain …
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