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Assuring Mobile Backhaul Networks

  • ID: 2391205
  • Report
  • August 2012
  • 24 Pages
  • Analysys Mason Group
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CSPs have benefited from standardising their network equipment and management systems that can scale with growing networks.

IP/MPLS has become a popular backhaul technology, but offers CSPs a new set of management challenges in terms of assuring service. This Report looks at these challenges, discusses our research findings and provides recommendations for both CSPs and vendors.

This Report provides:
- an overview of the business environment
- an analysis of the challenges and recommendations
- market drivers and inhibitors
- summaries of key vendors (NEMs and ISVs), including Accedian Networks, ADVA Optical Networking, Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Ericsson, Huawei, Juniper Networks, Nokia Siemens Networks, InfoVista and IBM.
- a best-practice case study of Cox Communications.
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1 Executive summary
2 Recommendations
3 Business environment
CSPs need increased network capacity
CSPs need to decouple network costs from traffic demand
CSPs need a scalable backhaul network
4 Market drivers and inhibitors
5 Mobile backhaul architecture
Mobile Ethernet backhaul options for CSPs
Ethernet backhaul management systems: market positioning
6 Assuring mobile backhaul networks
Service assurance OSS architecture
The role of the network interface device (NID) in measuring end-to-end QoS KPIs
Network-based approach to Ethernet exchanges
Case study: Cox Communications
7 Leading vendors
Third-party ISVs
NID vendors
About the authors

List of figures
Figure 1 1: Opex cost savings for CSPs that have deployed operation, administration and maintenance (OAM) multi-vendor assurance systems, five-year scenario
Figure 3 1: Traffic from mobile connections, worldwide, 2011–
Figure 4 1: Market drivers for the take-up of Ethernet backhaul
Figure 5 1: Mobile backhaul reference architecture
Figure 5 2: Deploying mobile Ethernet backhaul, three options for CSPs
Figure 5 3: Mobile backhaul management systems in Analysys Mason's telecoms software taxonomy
Figure 6 1: Managing a backhaul network
Figure 6 2: The role of network interface devices (NIDs)
Figure 6 3: Ethernet exchange example architecture
Figure 6 4: Cox Communication's IP/MPLS service assurance architecture
Figure 7 1: Alcatel-Lucent
Figure 7 2: Ciena
Figure 7 3: Ericsson
Figure 7 4: Huawei
Figure 7 5: Juniper Networks
Figure 7 6: Nokia Siemens Networks
Figure 7 7: InfoVista
Figure 7 8: IBM
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Patrick Kelly (Research Director) leads Analysys Mason's Telecoms Software research stream, which focuses on identifying the rapidly growing segments in the telecoms software market and providing forecast and market share data on each of the 29 segments by region and service type. He has produced research on IP next-generation service assurance, the 3G mobile software market and customer experience management. Patrick is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He holds a BSc from the University of Vermont, and an MBA from Plymouth College.

Anil Rao (Analyst) is a member of Analysys Mason's Telecoms Software research team. He has more than 10 years' experience in the telecoms industry, working in system integration and service delivery with major Tier 1 mobile and fixed-line operators, focusing on order management, service fulfilment and service assurance. Anil holds a BEng in Computer Science from the University of Mysore, and an MBA from Lancaster University Management School.
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