In today’s fast-paced way of life, millions of people are reliant on staying connected to the world, whether it’s through mobile, wireline, or cloud services, to manage their personal and business matters. As a result, a dependable network infrastructure is critical to providing the high level of service quality users demand. However, operators are struggling to upgrade their networks so they can keep pace with the relentless growth in network traffic and maintain high quality levels, all while trying to maximize profits.
The current approach taken by service providers to address their capacity management needs has been one based on long-term, highly conservative forecasts, in which they over-engineer the network, adding capacity to sites potentially years ahead of when demand is expected to be needed. This Just-In-Case (JIC) approach, which takes a shot in the dark predicting the levels of user traffic five to seven years down the road and the amount of capacity needed to meet these expectations, results in large capex expenses, where operators own the backhaul network themselves, and very high opex, where they lease cell site access from third-party providers. In the current market environment, as revenue figures are decreasing and the demand put on networks by new apps and devices continues to increase, operators are working under less than ideal circumstances.
Just as the famous Rolling Stones’ song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” suggests, service providers are often forced to accept a sub-par capacity planning strategy due to poorly instrumented networks and simplistic analytics. However, for many service providers looking to make better use of existing resources to improve user quality of experience, a solution that delivers assured service quality and availability when necessary is required. With CENX’s Exanova Service Intelligence software, service providers can buy what they need, when they need it as it applies a Just-In-Time (JIT) approach to backhaul upgrade management.
Using Exanova to manage network capacity aids service providers in their efforts to plan and deliver capacity more efficiently. Through this JIT approach, capacity in individual network locations is upgraded as needed based on detailed analysis of actual network metrics and Service Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM). As a result, significant benefits are realized in the form of slashed inventory costs and reduced capex associated with network operations. In fact, CENX’s solution has already generated millions of dollars in savings by rightsizing heavily over-engineered circuits for many Tier 1 mobile service providers.
The distinct modules which make up Exanova’s intuitive software allows service providers to take their network operations to the next level. CENX’s capacity planning module provides carriers with comprehensive and detailed information allowing service providers to rightsize the embedded base infrastructure and rein in expense growth. Additionally, advancements have been made in Exanova’s latest releases to factor in Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) scaling. CENX’s JIT approach provides the capabilities to assure services across any network by visualizing networks and services end-to-end through a single pane of glass, continuously measuring key performance indicators, and automating needed buildout.
As network technology continues to evolve, having all of your data in one place becomes more and more important to generate actionable intelligence. Thanks to CENX’s Exanova Service Intelligence JIT capacity management approach, operators are able to better align network resources with the demand of customers, thereby saving vital opex and capex, and more importantly, proving Mick Jagger wrong.