Simplify and Streamline 5G Transport Planning
Many carriers are proceeding apace to 5G networks. But 5G is not an all or nothing proposition. It looks like actual 5G infrastructure will end up being a combination of low, mid, and high-band frequencies. Therefore, it is critical to know exactly where their current network stands today in order to plan their 5G buildouts. What is current bandwidth demand? Are we meeting SLAs on our services? Where does all our traffic really go? What resources do we have? Where are the bottlenecks and vulnerabilities and what’s causing them?
Sedona NetFusion can help you simulate connectivity and slicing scenarios to accelerate Initial Rollout Planning. Sedona also provides a live model of your entire transport network, which is continuously updated, giving planners accurate data and analysis to assist with Ongoing/Continuous 5G network planning.
Planning a 5G Network Rollout
5G network, network planners can avoid unexpected trouble if they follow these three important steps:
- Make sure you can see everything in the network. 5G network planners must have complete, up-to-the-second network data that feeds into your planning systems, and paints an accurate picture of network inventory and service routes from IP to fiber optical layers, across all infrastructure domains and vendors. When planning 5G network slices and their SLAs, this level of visibility is critical to getting it right. A platform that automates this real-time network discovery process is a must have.
- Make sure you understand how everything in the network works (or not) . Many times, the proximity of one fiber to another makes it a natural candidate for redundancy, but can also lead to much larger failure due to shared risks. Planners also need a platform that automatically analyzes and alerts you to vulnerabilities like shared risk links, over- and under-utilization, service path latencies, SLA violations, and the impact of link, router or other equipment failure.
- Simulate and test until you are satisfied the plan will work. 5G networking is quite different from 3-4G. Instead of hauling everything back to the core, 5G will slice up the transport network and handle more functions at the edge. Planners must have accurate and complete inventory data (all layers, domains, vendors) to simulate and test various capacity, latency, shared-risk, and slice scenarios to see what works best – for example, where to locate edge clouds and determine the optimal latency architecture.
Ongoing 5G Network Planning
Once a 5G network is in place, carriers must monitor and verify that the network services and assurances are indeed performing as planned. They must also plan for ongoing growth in services and capacity. At this stage, network planners need to know how the network is performing in real-time, how much of their capacity is being consumed, and whether there are any obstacles to unfettered service delivery. Sedona NetFusion provides complete, real-time view of the entire network, providing accurate inventory data across layers, domains and vendor equipment. An open API allows Sedona data to be integrated into the carrier’s existing planning and testing process, enabling planners to see and understand everything in their 5G network and how well it is working.
Use Sedona NetFusion to Simplify and Streamline 5G Network Planning
Sedona NetFusion suite helps to reduce the complexity, cost, time and resources you need to plan the optimal 5G network infrastructure for delivering unrivaled network services, performance and reliability.