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10 March 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Three of the world’s biggest carriers have started a project with 13 software and hardware vendors to find ways to automate network management.
China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica are the
three carriers involved in the project, designed to analyse and
evaluate the current challenges associated with network and
service management (NSM).
"Automation is the future of network management," said Kim
Kyllesbech Larsen, SVP for technology economics and
transformation at Deutsche Telekom. "As an industry, it is
essential that we come together to find a solution to the
issues that are hindering the automation of operations and
network and service management functionalities."
The project, called Zero Touch NSM, starts this month and is
due to run until June.
According to Deutsche Telekom, the industry must enhance NSM
network automation in order to unleash the benefits of
virtualisation and software defined technologies, while
increasing the efficiency of network operations.
Developments in edge computing, low latency networks,
artificial intelligence and machine learning offer additional
benefits that can only be realised with NSM automation. And the
coming introduction of 5G further raises the stakes, the
"The evolution of network and control technology will enable
more flexibility in service creation, capacity and change
management as well as more efficient network operations. This
also adds more complexity to networks, particularly in the area
of NSM. To offset this complexity, our industry needs to ensure
all NSM functions are based on open standardised solutions,"
said Arash Ashouriha, Deutsche Telekom’s SVP for
group OSS strategy and architecture.
The software and hardware vendors involved in the project are
Amdocs, Ciena, Dell EMC, Ericsson, HPE, Huawei, IBM, Intel,
Infosim, NEC’s Netcracker, Nokia, Orchestral
Networks and Viavi Solutions.