The Self-Organizing Networks (SON) Ecosystem: 2014 - 2020

Published: March 2014
No. of Pages: 186
  

Self-Organizing Network (SON) technology minimizes the lifecycle cost of running a wireless carrier network by eliminating manual configuration of equipment at the time of deployment, right through to dynamically optimizing performance and troubleshooting during operation. This can significantly reduce the cost of the carrier’s services, improving the OpEx to revenue ratio.

Amid growing demands for mobile broadband connectivity, wireless carriers are keen to capitalize on SON to minimize rollout delays and operational expenditures associated with their ongoing LTE and small cell deployments.

Originally targeted for the Radio Access Network (RAN) segment of wireless carrier networks, SON technology is now also utilized in the mobile core and mobile backhaul segments. Furthermore, the SON ecosystem is increasingly witnessing convergence with other technological innovations such as Big Data analytics and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI).

Despite challenges relating to implementation complexities and multi-vendor interoperability, SON revenue is expected to grow to more than $3 Billion by the end of 2016, exceeding conventional mobile network optimization revenue by over 20%.

The “Self-Organizing Networks (SON) Ecosystem: 2014 – 2020” report presents an in-depth assessment of the SON and associated mobile network optimization ecosystem including key market drivers, challenges, OpEx and CapEx savings potential, use cases, SON deployment case studies, future roadmap, value chain, vendor analysis and strategies. The report also presents revenue forecasts for both SON and conventional mobile network optimization, along with individual projections for 8 SON submarkets from 2014 through to 2020. Historical figures are also presented for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The report comes with an associated Excel datasheet suite covering quantitative data from all numeric forecasts presented in the report.

Key Findings:

The report has the following key findings:

  • Despite challenges relating to implementation complexities and multi-vendor interoperability, SON revenue is expected to grow to more than $3 Billion by the end of 2016, exceeding conventional mobile network optimization revenue by over 20%
  • Driven by large scale TD-LTE rollouts and ongoing SON deployments, the Asia Pacific region will account for nearly 40% of the global mobile network optimization market by 2016
  • SNS Research estimates that SON can enable wireless carriers to save up to 35% of their electrical power consumption by dynamically by activating and deactivating RAN nodes in line with the changing traffic and user distribution profile
  • SNS Research estimates that a Tier 1 wireless carrier can save as much as 32% of its overall OpEx by employing SON across the RAN, mobile core and mobile backhaul segments of the network
  • Wireless carriers have reported up to a 40% reduction in dropped calls and over 20% higher data rates with SON implementation
  • Infrastructure and software incumbents are aggressively eyeing on acquisitions of smaller established C-SON players to accelerate their early entry path into the C-SON market

Topics Covered:

The report covers the following topics:

  • Conventional mobile network planning & optimization
  • SON technology and architecture
  • Key benefits and market drivers of SON
  • Challenges to SON adoption
  • SON use cases
  • SON deployment case studies
  • Company profiles and strategies of over 60 SON ecosystem players
  • OpEx and CapEx saving analysis of SON
  • Wireless network infrastructure spending and traffic projections
  • Wireless network infrastructure industry roadmap and value chain
  • Future roadmap of the SON ecosystem
  • Convergence of SON with other technologies (such as Big Data analytics)
  • Strategic recommendations for SON solution providers, wireless infrastructure OEMs and wireless carriers
  • Market analysis and forecasts from 2014 till 2020

Forecast Segmentation:

Market forecasts and historical figures are provided for each of the following submarkets and their subcategories:

Mobile Network Optimization

  • SON
  • Conventional Mobile Network Planning & Optimization

SON Submarkets

  • Macrocell RAN
  • HetNet/Small Cell RAN
  • Mobile Core
  • Mobile Backhaul

SON Architecture Submarkets

  • C-SON (Centralized SON)
  • D-SON (Distributed SON)

SON Wireless Network Generation Submarkets

  • 2G/3G
  • 4G

SON CapEx & OpEx Savings Submarkets

  • RAN
  • Mobile Core
  • Mobile Backhaul

Regional Submarkets

  • Asia Pacific
  • Eastern Europe
  • Latin & Central America
  • Middle East & Africa
  • North America
  • Western Europe

Key Questions Answered:

The report provides answers to the following key questions:

  • How big is the SON and mobile network optimization ecosystem?
  • How is the ecosystem evolving by segment and region?
  • What will the market size be in 2020 and at what rate will it grow?
  • What trends, challenges and barriers are influencing its growth?
  • Who are the key SON vendors and what are their strategies?
  • What is the outlook for QoE based SON solutions?
  • What is the outlook for C-SON and D-SON adoption?
  • What is the outlook for SON associated OpEx savings by region?
  • How will SON investments compare with those on traditional mobile network optimization?
  • What opportunities exist for SON in mobile core and mobile backhaul?
  • How will SON use cases evolve overtime in 3GPP releases?
  • Which regions will see the highest number of SON investments?
  • How much will wireless carriers invest in SON solutions?

List of Companies

  • 21 Vianet Group
  • 2K Telecom
  • 3 Austria
  • 3 Denmark
  • 3 HK
  • 3 Ireland
  • 3 Italia
  • 3 Sweden
  • 365 Media
  • 3Roam
  • 4G Americas
  • 4ipnet
  • 6WIND
  • A1 Telekom
  • Ablaze
  • Accedian
  • Accedian Networks
  • Accelleran
  • Accuver
  • Actelis
  • Actix
  • Adams NetWorks
  • ADLINK
  • ADTRAN
  • ADVA
  • Advantech
  • Aero2
  • Aerohive
  • Aeronet
  • Aexio
  • Aircel
  • Aircell
  • AIRCOM International
  • AirHop Communications
  • Airspan Networks
  • Airtel Nigeria
  • Airvana
  • AIS/DPC Thailand
  • Al Madar
  • Alaska Communications
  • Albis Technologies
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Alfa
  • Algar Telecom (CTBC)
  • Algerie Telecom
  • Alpha Networks
  • Altel
  • Altera
  • Alvarion
  • Amdocs
  • Andorra Telecom
  • Andrew
  • Antares Group
  • Antel
  • Anvaya Networks
  • Aptilo
  • Aqiva Wireless
  • Aquafon
  • Arcadyan
  • Argela
  • ARIB (Association of Radio Industries and Businesses, Japan)
  • Aricent
  • Arieso
  • ARItel
  • Armentel
  • Aruba Networks
  • Ascom
  • Asiaspace
  • Askey
  • ASOCS
  • Astellia
  • AT&T Mobility
  • ATDI
  • Athena Wireless Communications
  • ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, U.S.)
  • Atrica
  • Avanti
  • Avea
  • Aviat Networks
  • Avvasi
  • Axell Wireless
  • Axerra Networks
  • Axis Teknologies
  • Azercell
  • Azerfon
  • b•lite
  • Babilon Mobile
  • Bakcell
  • Bakrie Telecom
  • Batelco
  • Bayan Telecommunications
  • BayRICS
  • Beeline
  • Beeline Lao
  • BelCel
  • Belgacom / Proximus
  • Bell Mobility
  • BendBroadband
  • BeST (Life)
  • BH Telecom
  • Bharti Airtel
  • Bhutan Telecom
  • Big Switch Networks
  • BigAir
  • BLiNQ Networks
  • Bluegrass Cellular
  • Blueline
  • BluWan
  • Bollore Telecom
  • Bouygues Telecom
  • Brazil  Army
  • Brazil  Sao Paulo Military Police
  • BridgeWave Communications
  • Broadcom
  • Brocade
  • Browan
  • BSNL
  • BT
  • BTC
  • BTI Systems
  • BTI Wireless
  • BTL
  • BUCD
  • Bulgaria  Vivacom
  • Bytemobile
  • C Spire Wireless
  • C&S
  • Cable and Wireless
  • Cambium Networks
  • Canoga Perkins
  • Carolina West Wireless
  • Carrier Access Corporation
  • Cavium
  • CBL Bahamas
  • CBNL (Cambridge Broadband Networks Limited)
  • CCI (Communication Components Inc.)
  • CCS
  • CCSA (China Communications Standards Association, China)
  • CDMA Development Group
  • Ceclcom Axiata
  • CeedTec
  • Celcite
  • Cell C
  • Cellcom
  • CellO
  • Cellvine
  • Cellwize
  • Celtro
  • CENTRI
  • CenturyLink
  • Ceragon
  • Chariton Valley Comms
  • Charles Industries
  • Chat Mobility
  • China Mobile
  • China Mobile Hong Kong
  • China Telecom
  • China Unicom
  • CHT
  • Cielo
  • Ciena
  • Cisco Systems
  • Citrix
  • City of Charlotte Council
  • Claro
  • Clear Mobitel
  • CNT
  • COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India)
  • Cobham
  • Coherent Logix
  • Colorado Valley
  • Comarch
  • Comba Telecom
  • Commnet Wireless
  • CommScope
  • Commsquare
  • Contela
  • ConteXtream
  • Continuous Computing
  • Convergence Technologies
  • Copper Valley Telecom
  • Corning
  • Cosmote
  • COTA Murcia4G
  • Cross Telephone
  • Crown Castle
  • CSI
  • CSL Limited
  • Custer Telephone
  • Cyan
  • Cyan
  • Datame
  • DBD
  • Dedicado
  • DeltaNode
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Dhiraagu
  • Dialog Axiata LTE TDD later FDD
  • Dialogic
  • DiGi
  • Digicel
  • Digicel Fiji
  • Digitel
  • Digitel Jamaica
  • Dish Network
  • D-Link
  • DNA
  • DoCoMo Pacific
  • DragonWave
  • DTAC – TriNet
  • DTM (Datang Mobile)
  • Du
  • E Plus
  • eAccess
  • Eastlink
  • E-Band Communications
  • ECE (European Communications Engineering)
  • ECI Telecom
  • Econet Wireless
  • Eden Rock Communications
  • Edgewater
  • EE
  • EION
  • Elisa
  • EMT
  • Emtel
  • EnergyAustralia Ausgrid
  • EnGenius
  • Entel Movil
  • Entel PCS
  • Entel Peru
  • Enterasys
  • ERA/T-Mobile Poland
  • Ericsson
  • ETC
  • Etex Telephone Co-op
  • EtherReach
  • Ethertronics
  • Ethio Telecom
  • Ethos
  • Etisalat
  • Etisalat Misr
  • ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute)
  • ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute)
  • Evolve Broadband
  • Exalt
  • ExteNet Systems
  • Extreme Networks
  • FarEasTone
  • FastBack Networks
  • Fastlink (Regional Telecom)
  • Femtel
  • FibroLAN
  • Firetide
  • Fitel
  • Fjarskipti (Vodafone Iceland)
  • Forsk
  • Fortinet
  • FPT Telecom
  • Freescale Semiconductor
  • Fujitsu
  • Gemtek
  • Genband
  • Georgia  Magticom
  • Glo Mobile
  • Globacom
  • Global Mobile
  • Globe
  • GoNet Systems
  • Goodman Networks
  • Gore
  • GrenTech
  • GSA
  • GSMA (GSM Association)
  • Guavus
  • Guineanet
  • GWT (Global Wireless Technologies)
  • Handlink
  • Hatteras
  • Hitachi
  • HP
  • Huahuan
  • Huawei
  • Hutchison 3
  • IBW International
  • ICE
  • iConnect
  • IDC Moldova
  • iDirect
  • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  • IM2
  • Imagine Group
  • IMS Forum
  • InfoCommunication Union
  • InfoVista
  • Ingenia Telecom
  • InnerWireless (Acquired by Black Box)
  • Intel
  • InterDigital
  • Intracom
  • Intucell Systems
  • Inwi
  • Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications Board (ISICSB)
  • ip.access
  • IPITEK
  • IPV6 Forum
  • Islandcom
  • IT&E Guam
  • JDSU
  • Juni
  • Juniper Networks
  • Kcell
  • KDDI
  • Kentrox
  • Kordia
  • KPN
  • KPN Base
  • KPU (Alaska)
  • KT
  • KT Corp Rwanda
  • Lanka Bell
  • Lantiq
  • Lattelecom
  • Lavastorm
  • Leap Wireless/Cricket
  • Lemko
  • LG U+
  • LightPoint Communications
  • Lightsquared
  • LIME
  • Linkem
  • LMT
  • LSI
  • LTC
  • M/A-COM Technology Solutions
  • M1
  • Manx Telecom
  • Mascom Wireless
  • Massnet
  • MAX Telecom
  • Maxim Integrated
  • Maxis
  • MaxyTel
  • Megafon
  • Menatelecom
  • Mentum
  • Meru Networks
  • Mesaplexx
  • Meteor
  • Microwave Networks
  • Mid-Rivers Communications
  • Milmex
  • mimoOn
  • Mindspeed Technologies
  • MiSpot
  • Mobile Norway/Tele2
  • MobileAccess
  • Mobily
  • Mobinil
  • Mobistar
  • Mobitel
  • Moldcell
  • Monaco Telecom
  • Mongolia Telecom
  • Mosaic Telecom
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Movicel
  • Movilmax
  • Movilnet
  • Movistar
  • MRV Communications
  • MTA
  • MTC
  • MTC Touch
  • M-Tel
  • MTN
  • MTN Uganda
  • MTNL
  • MTPCS
  • MTS
  • MTS Allstream
  • MTS Belarus
  • MTS Ukraine
  • Myanmar P & T
  • Nawras
  • NBN Co.
  • Ncell
  • NEC
  • Neo-Sky
  • Neotel
  • Nepal Telecom
  • NetGear
  • NetLogic Microsystems
  • Netronome
  • Newfield Wireless
  • NewNet
  • Nexius
  • NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks)
  • NITA
  • Node-H
  • Nomadix
  • Nomor Research
  • Nortel Networks
  • NorthwestCell
  • Nova
  • NSN (Nokia Solutions & Networks)
  • nTelos
  • nTelos Wireless
  • NTT DoCoMo
  • Nuage Networks (Alcatel-Lucent)
  • O2 Secure Wireless
  • Octasic
  • Oi
  • Omantel
  • Omnitel
  • On Telecomunicacoes
  • ONE
  • Ooredoo
  • Open Mobile
  • Optimi
  • Optimus
  • Optiway
  • Optulink
  • Optus
  • Orange Armenia
  • Orange Austria
  • Orange Dominicana
  • Orange France
  • Orange Liechtenstein
  • Orange Luxembourg
  • Orange Mauritius
  • Orange Moldova
  • Orange Romania
  • Orange Slovak Republic
  • Orange Spain
  • Orange Switzerland
  • Orange Uganda
  • Orckit Corrigent
  • Osnova Telecom
  • Overture
  • P&T
  • P.I.Works
  • P1 Networks
  • P4 (Play)
  • Pandetel
  • Panhandle Telephone Co-op
  • PCCW
  • Peoples Telephone Co-op
  • Personal
  • PicoChip
  • Pioneer Cellular
  • Plano Engineering
  • Plexxi
  • Polkomtel Plus
  • Positron-Aktino
  • Powerwave Technologies
  • Proxim
  • PTK Centertel (Orange)
  • Public Service Wireless
  • Public Wireless
  • PureWave Networks
  • PVT
  • Qualcomm
  • Quortus
  • R (Spain)
  • RAD Data Systems
  • RADCOM
  • Radisys
  • RADWIN
  • Rakon
  • RCS & RDS
  • Redline Communications
  • REDtone
  • Reliance
  • Reverb Networks
  • RF Window
  • RFNet
  • RFS (Radio Frequency Systems)
  • Rogers Wireless
  • Rohde & Schwarz
  • Rorotika
  • Rostelecom
  • Ro-Timak Technology
  • Ruckus Wireless
  • RusViet Telecom
  • S and R Communications
  • S&T Telephone Cooperative
  • Safaricom
  • Sagebrush Cellular (Nemont)
  • Sagem
  • Sagemcom
  • SAI Technology
  • Saima Telecom
  • Samsung
  • Sasktel
  • Sazz
  • Schema
  • SEDICOM
  • SerComm
  • SFR
  • SGRITA
  • Shentel
  • Shyam Networks
  • Si.mobil
  • SIAE Microelectronics
  • Siklu
  • Siminn
  • SingTel
  • SK Telecom
  • SK Telesys
  • Sky Brazil
  • Small Cell Forum
  • Smart Communications
  • Smartone
  • SMARTS
  • Smile
  • Smoltelecom
  • Softbank
  • Softbank Mobile
  • SOLiD Technologies
  • Spectranet
  • SpeedConnect
  • SpiderCloud Wireless
  • Sprint
  • Sprint Nextel
  • Sprocket Wireless
  • SRT Communications
  • SSTL
  • Star Microwave
  • Starcomms
  • StarHub
  • STC
  • Strata Networks
  • Strix Systems
  • Sub10 Systems
  • Sunrise Communications
  • Surfline Communications
  • SWIFT Networks
  • Swisscom
  • Sycamore
  • Symena
  • Syringa Wireless
  • T Mobile
  • Tango
  • Tango Networks
  • Taqua
  • Tarana Wireless
  • Tata Elxsi
  • TCCA (TETRA and Critical Communications Association)
  • TDC
  • TD-Forum
  • TDIA (TD Industry Alliance)
  • TE Connectivity (Tyco Electronics Connectivity)
  • Tecom
  • TEKTELIC
  • Tektronix Communications
  • Telcel
  • Telco Systems
  • Tele2
  • Tele2 Kazakhstan
  • Tele2 Sweden
  • Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM)
  • Telecom Malaysia
  • Telecom New Zealand
  • Telefonica Movistar
  • Telefonica O2
  • Telefonica O2 Ireland
  • Telefonica O2 UK
  • Telefonica Peru
  • Telefonica Spain
  • Telekom Srpske
  • Telenet Belgium
  • Telenor Denmark
  • Telenor Hungary
  • Telenor Montenegro
  • Telenor Norway
  • Telenor Sweden
  • Telesis
  • TeliaSonera
  • TeliaSonera Norway
  • TeliaSonera Sweden
  • Telkom Mobile (8ta)
  • Telkomsel Indonesia
  • Tellabs
  • Telrad
  • Telstra
  • Telus
  • TEOCO
  • Teradata
  • Texas Energy Network
  • Texas Instruments
  • TFL
  • Theta Networks
  • Thomson
  • T-Hrvatski Telekom
  • Thumb Cellular
  • Tigo
  • Tikona
  • TIM Brasil
  • TM Forum (TeleManagement Forum)
  • TMC
  • TMN (Portugal Telecom)
  • T-Mobile Czech Republic
  • T-Mobile Hungary
  • T-Mobile Macedonia
  • T-Mobile Netherlands
  • T-Mobile Puerto Rico
  • T-Mobile Slovensko
  • T-Mobile USA
  • TN Mobile
  • TOT Thailand
  • TPG Internet
  • TP-Link
  • TRaC Global
  • Trango Systems
  • Transmode
  • Tranzeo
  • Trendium
  • Triatel
  • Tricom
  • Tropos
  • True Move
  • TSKL
  • TTA (Telecommunications Technology Association, Korea)
  • TTC (Telecommunication Technology Committee, Japan)
  • TTG International
  • TTK
  • Tulinx
  • Tunisiana
  • Turkcell
  • U Mobile
  • UbeeAirWalk
  • Ubidyne GmBH
  • Ubiquisys
  • Ubiquiti Networks
  • u-blox
  • UCell
  • UK Broadband
  • Ulusnet
  • Umniah
  • UMTS Forum
  • Une-EPM
  • United Wireless
  • Unitel
  • US Cellular
  • Vainakh Telecom
  • VDC (VNPT)
  • Vector
  • Velatel
  • Velatel-Aerostrong
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Videocon
  • Videotron
  • Viettel
  • Vimpelcom
  • VIP mobile
  • VIPNet
  • Visafone Communications
  • Viva
  • Vivacell-MTS
  • Vivato
  • Vivo
  • VMWare
  • Vodacom
  • Vodacom Tanzania
  • Vodafone
  • Vodafone Australia
  • Vodafone Czech Republic
  • Vodafone Egypt
  • Vodafone Fiji
  • Vodafone Greece
  • Vodafone Ireland
  • Vodafone Italy
  • Vodafone New Zealand
  • Vodafone Portugal
  • Vodafone Qatar
  • Vodafone Romania
  • Vodafone Spain
  • Vodafone UK
  • Vox
  • VTel Wireless
  • Vubiq
  • Wataniya
  • Wataniya Telecom
  • WBS (iBurst)
  • WebRadar
  • West Central Wireless
  • Wi-Ex
  • Wilson Electronics
  • Wind
  • Wind Mobile
  • WNC (Wistron NeWeb Corp.)
  • Woosh
  • Xceed Technologies
  • Xilinx
  • XL Axiata
  • Xplornet
  • Yoigo
  • Yota
  • YTL Communications Yes
  • Zain
  • Zain Jordan
  • Zain Saudi
  • Zamtel
  • Zhone
  • Ziggo
  • Zinwave
  • Zoda Fones
  • ZTE

The Self-Organizing Networks (SON) Ecosystem: 2014 - 2020

Table of Contents

1 Chapter 1: Introduction 13
1.1 Executive Summary 13
1.2 Topics Covered 15
1.3 Historical Revenue & Forecast Segmentation 16
1.4 Key Questions Answered 17
1.5 Key Findings 18
1.6 Methodology 19
1.7 Target Audience 20
1.8 Companies & Organizations Mentioned 21

2 Chapter 2: SON & Mobile Network Optimization Ecosystem 32
2.1 Conventional Mobile Network Optimization 32
2.1.1 Network Planning 32
2.1.2 Measurement Collection: Drive Tests, Probes and End User Data 33
2.1.3 Post-Processing, Optimization & Policy Enforcement 33
2.2 The Self-Organizing Network (SON) Concept 34
2.2.1 What is SON? 34
2.2.2 The Need for SON 34
2.3 Functional Areas of SON 35
2.3.1 Self-Configuration 36
2.3.2 Self-Optimization 36
2.3.3 Self-Healing 36
2.4 Market Drivers for SON Adoption 37
2.4.1 Continued Wireless Network Infrastructure Investments 37
2.4.2 Optimization in Multi-RAN & HetNet Environments 39
2.4.3 OpEx & CapEx Reduction: The Cost Saving Potential 40
2.4.4 Improving Subscriber Experience and Churn Reduction 41
2.4.5 Power Savings 41
2.4.6 Enabling Small Cell Deployments 41
2.4.7 Traffic Management 42
2.5 Market Barriers for SON Adoption 42
2.5.1 Complexity of Implementation 42
2.5.2 Reorganization & Changes to Standard Engineering Procedures 42
2.5.3 Lack of Trust in Automation 42
2.5.4 Lack of Operator Control: Proprietary SON Algorithms 43
2.5.5 Coordination between Distributed and Centralized SON 43
2.5.6 Network Security Concerns: New Interfaces and Lack of Monitoring 43

3 Chapter 3: SON Technology, Use Cases & Implementation Architectures 44
3.1 Where Does SON Sit Within a Mobile Network? 44
3.1.1 RAN 45
3.1.2 Mobile Core 45
3.1.3 Mobile Backhaul 46
3.1.4 Device-Assisted SON 47
3.2 SON Architecture 48
3.2.1 C-SON (Centralized SON) 48
3.2.2 D-SON (Distributed SON) 49
3.2.3 H-SON (Hybrid SON) 50
3.3 SON Use-Cases 51
3.3.1 Self-Configuration of Network Elements 51
3.3.2 Automatic Connectivity Management 51
3.3.3 Self-Testing of Network Elements 51
3.3.4 Self-Recovery of Network Elements/Software 52
3.3.5 Self-Healing of Board Faults 52
3.3.6 Automatic Inventory 52
3.3.7 ANR (Automatic Neighbor Relations) 52
3.3.8 PCI (Physical Cell ID) Configuration 53
3.3.9 CCO (Coverage & Capacity Optimization) 53
3.3.10 MRO (Mobility Robustness Optimization) 53
3.3.11 MLB (Mobile Load Balancing) 54
3.3.12 RACH (Random Access Channel) Optimization 54
3.3.13 ICIC (Inter-Cell Interference Coordination) 54
3.3.14 eICIC (Enhanced ICIC) 55
3.3.15 Energy Savings 55
3.3.16 Cell Outage Detection & Compensation 55
3.3.17 Self-Configuration & Optimization of Small Cells 56
3.3.18 Optimization of DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) 56
3.3.19 RAN Aware Traffic Shaping 56
3.3.20 Traffic Steering in HetNets 57
3.3.21 Optimization of Virtualized Network Resources 57
3.3.22 Auto-Provisioning of Backhaul Links 57
3.3.23 Backhaul Bandwidth Optimization 57
3.3.24 Backhaul Interference Management 57
3.3.25 SON Coordination Management 58
3.3.26 Seamless Vendor Infrastructure Swap 58

4 Chapter 4: SON Standardization 59
4.1 NGNM (Next Generation Mobile Networks) Alliance 59
4.1.1 Conception of the SON Initiative 59
4.1.2 Functional Areas and Requirements 60
4.1.3 Implementation Approach 61
4.1.4 P-SmallCell (Project Small Cell) 61
4.1.5 Recommendations for Multi-Vendor SON Deployment 62
4.2 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) 63
4.2.1 Release 8 63
4.2.2 Release 9 64
4.2.3 Release 10 64
4.2.4 Release 11 64
4.2.5 Release 12, 13 & Beyond 65
4.2.6 Implementation Approach 66

5 Chapter 5: SON Deployment Case Studies 67
5.1 AT&T Mobility 67
5.1.1 Vendor Selection & Contract Value 67
5.1.2 Implemented Use Cases 67
5.1.3 Results 67
5.2 SingTel 68
5.2.1 Vendor Selection & Contract Value 68
5.2.2 Implemented Use Cases 68
5.2.3 Results 68
5.3 TIM Brasil 69
5.3.1 Vendor Selection & Contract Value 69
5.3.2 Implemented Use Cases 69
5.3.3 Results 69
5.4 KDDI 70
5.4.1 Vendor Selection & Contract Value 70
5.4.2 Implemented Use Cases 70
5.4.3 Results 70

6 Chapter 6: Industry Roadmap & Value Chain 71
6.1 Industry Roadmap 71
6.1.1 Initial LTE FDD Rollouts with D-SON: 2010 - 2011 71
6.1.2 Rise of the HetNets & C-SON: 2012 - 2013 72
6.1.3 TD-LTE Deployments & Continued SON Proliferation: 2014 - 2016 72
6.1.4 “Software Centric” Networking & QoE/QoS Based SON: 2017 - 2019 73
6.1.5 Start of the 5G Era: 2020 & Beyond 74
6.2 Value Chain 75
6.3 Embedded Technology Ecosystem 76
6.3.1 Chipset Developers 76
6.3.2 Embedded Component/Software Providers 77
6.4 RAN Ecosystem 77
6.4.1 Macrocell RAN OEMs 77
6.4.2 ‘Pure-Play’ and Specialist Small Cell OEMs 78
6.4.3 WiFi Access Point OEMs 79
6.4.4 DAS & Repeater Solution Providers 80
6.4.5 Cloud RAN Solution Providers 81
6.4.6 Other Technology & Network Component Providers/Enablers 82
6.5 Mobile Backhaul Ecosystem 83
6.5.1 Backhaul Solution Providers 83
6.6 Mobile Core Ecosystem 84
6.6.1 Core Network Infrastructure & Software Providers 84
6.7 Connectivity Ecosystem 85
6.7.1 2G, 3G & 4G Wireless Carriers 85
6.7.2 WiFi Connectivity Providers 87
6.7.3 Small Cells as a Service (SCaaS) Providers 87
6.8 SON & Mobile Network Optimization Ecosystem 88
6.8.1 SON Solution Providers 88
6.8.2 Mobile Network Optimization Solution Providers 88
6.9 SDN & NFV Ecosystem 89
6.9.1 SDN & NFV Providers 89

7 Chapter 7: Vendor Landscape 90
7.1 Accedian Networks 90
7.2 Accuver 91
7.3 AIRCOM International (Acquired by TEOCO) 92
7.4 AirHop Communications 93
7.5 Airspan Networks 94
7.6 Alcatel-Lucent 95
7.7 Amdocs 96
7.8 Arcadyan 97
7.9 Argela 98
7.10 Aricent 99
7.11 ARItel 100
7.12 Ascom 101
7.13 Astellia 102
7.14 ATDI 103
7.15 Avvasi 104
7.16 Broadcom 105
7.17 BLiNQ Networks 106
7.18 Cavium 107
7.19 CBNL (Cambridge Broadband Networks Limited) 108
7.20 Cellwize 109
7.21 Celtro 110
7.22 CENTRI 111
7.23 Cisco Systems 112
7.24 Citrix 113
7.25 Comarch 114
7.26 Commsquare 115
7.27 DTM (Datang Mobile) 116
7.28 ECE (European Communications Engineering) 117
7.29 Eden Rock Communications 118
7.30 Ericsson 119
7.31 Forsk 120
7.32 Freescale Semiconductor 121
7.33 Fujitsu 122
7.34 Guavus 123
7.35 Hitachi 124
7.36 Huawei 125
7.37 Intel 126
7.38 InterDigital 127
7.39 InfoVista 128
7.40 JDSU 129
7.41 Lemko 130
7.42 Lavastorm 131
7.43 mimoOn 132
7.44 NEC 133
7.45 NSN (Nokia Solutions & Networks) 134
7.46 Optulink 135
7.47 P.I.Works 136
7.48 Plano Engineering 137
7.49 Qualcomm 138
7.50 Radisys 139
7.51 RADCOM 140
7.52 Reverb Networks 141
7.53 Rohde & Schwarz 142
7.54 Rorotika 143
7.55 Samsung 144
7.56 SEDICOM 145
7.57 Siklu 146
7.58 SpiderCloud Wireless 147
7.59 Tarana Wireless 148
7.60 Tektronix Communications 149
7.61 Tellabs 150
7.62 TEOCO 151
7.63 Texas Instruments 152
7.64 Theta Networks 153
7.65 TTG International 154
7.66 Tulinx 155
7.67 WebRadar 156
7.68 Xceed Technologies 157
7.69 ZTE 158

8 Chapter 8: Market Analysis & Forecasts 159
8.1 SON & Mobile Network Optimization Revenue 159
8.2 SON Revenue 160
8.3 SON Revenue by Submarket 161
8.3.1 SON in Macrocell RAN 162
8.3.2 SON in HetNet/Small Cell RAN 162
8.3.3 SON in Mobile Core 163
8.3.4 SON in Mobile Backhaul 163
8.4 SON Revenue by Architecture: Centralized vs. Distributed 164
8.4.1 C-SON 165
8.4.2 D-SON 165
8.5 SON Revenue by Wireless Network Generation: 2G/3G vs. 4G 166
8.5.1 2G/3G SON 167
8.5.2 4G SON 167
8.6 SON Revenue by Region 168
8.7 Conventional Mobile Network Planning & Optimization Revenue 169
8.8 Conventional Mobile Network Planning & Optimization Revenue by Region 170
8.9 Asia Pacific 171
8.9.1 SON 171
8.9.2 Conventional Mobile Network Planning & Optimization 171
8.10 Eastern Europe 172
8.10.1 SON 172
8.10.2 Conventional Mobile Network Planning & Optimization 172
8.11 Latin & Central America 173
8.11.1 SON 173
8.11.2 Conventional Mobile Network Planning & Optimization 173
8.12 Middle East & Africa 174
8.12.1 SON 174
8.12.2 Conventional Mobile Network Planning & Optimization 174
8.13 North America 175
8.13.1 SON 175
8.13.2 Conventional Mobile Network Planning & Optimization 175
8.14 Western Europe 176
8.14.1 SON 176
8.14.2 Conventional Mobile Network Planning & Optimization 176

9 Chapter 9: Conclusion & Strategic Recommendations 177
9.1 Moving Towards QoE Based SON Platforms 177
9.2 Capitalizing on DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) 177
9.3 The Convergence of Big Data Analytics & SON 178
9.4 SON for NFV & SDN: The Push from Wireless Carriers 178
9.5 Moving Towards Mobile Core and Backhaul 179
9.6 Assessing the Impact of SON on Optimization & Field Engineers 179
9.7 SON Associated OpEx Savings: The Numbers 181
9.8 What SON Capabilities Will 5G Networks Entail? 182
9.9 The C-SON Versus D-SON Debate 182
9.10 Strategic Recommendations 184
9.10.1 SON & Conventional Mobile Network Optimization Solution Providers 184
9.10.2 Wireless Infrastructure OEMs 185
9.10.3 Wireless Carriers 186

List of Figures

Figure 1: Functional Areas of SON with the Mobile Network Lifecycle 35
Figure 2: Annual Global Throughput of Mobile Network Data Traffic by Region: 2010 – 2020 (Exabytes) 37
Figure 3: Global Wireless Network Infrastructure Revenue by Submarket: 2010 – 2020 ($ Million) 38
Figure 4: Global Mobile Network Data Traffic Distribution by Access Network Form Factor: 2010 – 2020 (%) 39
Figure 5: SON Associated OpEx & CapEx Savings by Network Segment 40
Figure 6: Potential Areas of SON Implementation 44
Figure 7: Mobile Backhaul Segmentation by Technology 46
Figure 8: C-SON (Centralized SON) in a Wireless Carrier Network 48
Figure 9: D-SON (Distributed SON) in a Wireless Carrier Network 49
Figure 10: H-SON (Hybrid SON) in a Wireless Carrier Network 50
Figure 11: NGNM SON Use Cases 60
Figure 12: The Wireless Network Infrastructure Industry Roadmap: 2014 - 2020 71
Figure 13: The Wireless Network Infrastructure Value Chain 75
Figure 14: Embedded Technology Ecosystem Players 76
Figure 15: Macrocell RAN Ecosystem Players 77
Figure 16: Specialist Small Cell RAN Ecosystem Players 78
Figure 17: Carrier WiFi Ecosystem Players 79
Figure 18: DAS & Repeater Ecosystem Players 80
Figure 19: Cloud RAN Ecosystem Players 81
Figure 20: Mobile Backhaul Ecosystem Players 83
Figure 21: Mobile Core Ecosystem Players 84
Figure 22: List of LTE Trials & Deployments 86
Figure 23: SON & Mobile Network Optimization Ecosystem Players 88
Figure 24: SDN & NFV Ecosystem Players 89
Figure 25: Global SON & Mobile Network Optimization Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 159
Figure 26: Global SON Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 160
Figure 27: Global SON Revenue by Submarket: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 161
Figure 28: Global Macrocell RAN SON Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 162
Figure 29: Global Small Cell RAN SON Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 162
Figure 30: Global Mobile Core SON Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 163
Figure 31: Global Mobile Backhaul SON Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 163
Figure 32: Global SON Revenue by Architecture: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 164
Figure 33: Global C-SON Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 165
Figure 34: Global D-SON Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 165
Figure 35: Global SON Revenue by Wireless Network Generation: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 166
Figure 36: Global 2G/3G SON Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 167
Figure 37: Global 4G SON Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 167
Figure 38: SON Revenue by Region: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 168
Figure 39: Global Conventional Mobile Network Planning & Optimization Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 169
Figure 40: Conventional Mobile Network Planning & Optimization Revenue by Region: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 170
Figure 41: Asia Pacific SON Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 171
Figure 42: Asia Pacific Conventional Mobile Network Planning & Optimization Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 171
Figure 43: Eastern Europe SON Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 172
Figure 44: Eastern Europe Conventional Mobile Network Planning & Optimization Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 172
Figure 45: Latin & Central America SON Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 173
Figure 46: Latin & Central America Conventional Mobile Network Planning & Optimization Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 173
Figure 47: Middle East & Africa SON Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 174
Figure 48: Middle East & Africa Conventional Mobile Network Planning & Optimization Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 174
Figure 49: North America SON Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 175
Figure 50: North America Conventional Mobile Network Planning & Optimization Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 175
Figure 51: Western Europe SON Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 176
Figure 52: Western Europe Conventional Mobile Network Planning & Optimization Revenue: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 176
Figure 53: SON Associated OpEx Savings by Region: 2010 - 2020 ($ Million) 181

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