Simplifying complex networks

Operators have increasingly complex networks and are delivering increasingly complex services. They cannot deliver a consistent subscriber experience unless they know how all elements involved in a service chain are performing, in real time. This requires a correlated view that spans the complete network and the many different solutions involved in the delivery of individual services.

As everyone knows, networks are evolving at a dramatic rate. In the case of mobile, LTE has been added to existing 2 and 3G deployments, with VoLTE to follow. Fixed operators have been busy deploying IMS, while cable operators have been migrating to the latest DOCSIS standards. If we consider converged networks, that can span cable, fixed and mobile assets, the picture becomes even more complex.

At the same time, operators are striving to deliver an experience in which services can be accessed from any device and across any network. One simple example might be a voice call that is preserved as the user moves between different coverage zones – WiFi, 2G, and LTE. Or, a subscriber might wish to watch content using different devices – starting out in the morning on one device, resuming viewing on the train on another and so on. This means that an individual service must be delivered across different domains, different devices and different solutions.

While that’s a considerable challenge on its own, it also creates further problems. If a service spans multiple networks and a series of different network elements, each of which may have been delivered by different vendors, how can an operator obtain a single, consolidated view of service performance?

Operators need to obtain an end-to-end view of services and the network resources that they consume. They need to be able to consolidate information across all of the resources that are used in delivering a service. Moreover, when a service changes and requires additional resources, this must be added to the picture.

Dynamic correlation of active services is therefore essential. If operators are to successfully deliver the next generation of services, they must be able to obtain a complete, real-time picture of what actually happens when a service is activated, when it changes, so that performance levels can be maintained at all times. They need to ensure that such a view is available from a single portal, accessible by all who need it, but they also need to be sure that actions and events can trigger alarms and responses, according to the specific KPIs chosen.

NetVision delivers a complete, end-to-end view of service performance and availability, in real-time and correlated across all network elements and resources. It enables operators to simplify complex networks and to ensure they deliver the experience customers demand. Why not talk to ISPM to find out how?

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