SON (Self-Organizing Networks) in the 5G Era: 2019 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts

Release Date: September 2018

Number of Pages: 367

Number of Tables and Figures: 55

Synopsis: SON (Self-Organizing Network) technology minimizes the lifecycle cost of running a mobile network by eliminating manual configuration of network elements at the time of deployment, right through to dynamic optimization and troubleshooting during operation. Besides improving network performance and customer experience, SON can significantly reduce the cost of mobile operator services, improving the OpEx-to-revenue ratio and deferring avoidable CapEx.

To support their LTE and HetNet deployments, early adopters of SON have already witnessed a spate of benefits – in the form of accelerated rollout times, simplified network upgrades, fewer dropped calls, improved call setup success rates, higher end-user throughput, alleviation of congestion during special events, increased subscriber satisfaction and loyalty, and operational efficiencies – such as energy and cost savings, and freeing up radio engineers from repetitive manual tasks.

Although SON was originally developed as an operational approach to streamline cellular RAN (Radio Access Network) deployment and optimization, mobile operators and vendors are increasingly focusing on integrating new capabilities such as self-protection against digital security threats, and self-learning through artificial intelligence techniques, as well as extending the scope of SON beyond the RAN to include both mobile core and transport network segments – which will be critical to address 5G requirements such as end-to-end network slicing. In addition, dedicated SON solutions for Wi-Fi and other access technologies have also emerged, to simplify wireless networking in home and enterprise environments.

Largely driven by the increasing complexity of today's multi-RAN mobile networks – including network densification and spectrum heterogeneity, as well as 5G NR (New Radio) infrastructure rollouts, global investments in SON technology are expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 11% between 2019 and 2022. By the end of 2022, SNS Telecom & IT estimates that SON will account for a market worth $5.5 Billion.

The “SON (Self-Organizing Networks) in the 5G Era: 2019 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts” report presents an in-depth assessment of the SON and associated mobile network optimization ecosystem, including market drivers, challenges, enabling technologies, functional areas, use cases, key trends, standardization, regulatory landscape, mobile operator case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents revenue forecasts for both SON and conventional mobile network optimization, along with individual projections for 10 SON submarkets, and 6 regions from 2019 till 2030.

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

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Key Findings:

The report has the following key findings:

  • Largely driven by the increasing complexity of today's multi-RAN mobile networks – including network densification and spectrum heterogeneity, as well as 5G NR (New Radio) infrastructure rollouts, global investments in SON technology are expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 11% between 2019 and 2022. By the end of 2022, SNS Telecom & IT estimates that SON will account for a market worth $5.5 Billion.
  • Based on feedback from mobile operators worldwide, the growing adoption of SON technology has brought about a host of practical benefits for early adopters – ranging from more than a 50% decline in dropped calls and reduction in network congestion during special events by a staggering 80% to OpEx savings of more than 30% and an increase in service revenue by 5-10%.
  • In addition, SON mechanisms are playing a pivotal role in accelerating the adoption of 5G networks – through the enablement of advanced capabilities such as network slicing, dynamic spectrum management, predictive resource allocation, and the automated of deployment of virtualized 5G network functions.
  • To better address network performance challenges amidst increasing complexity, C-SON platforms are leveraging an array of complementary technologies – from artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to Big Data technologies and the use of alternative data such as information extracted from crowd-sourcing tools.
  • In addition to infrastructure vendor and third-party offerings, mobile operator developed SON solutions are also beginning to emerge. For example, Elisa has developed a SON platform based on closed-loop automation and customizable algorithms for dynamic network optimization. Through a dedicated business unit, the Finnish operator offers its in-house SON implementation as a commercial product to other mobile operators.

Topics Covered:

The report covers the following topics:

  • SON ecosystem
  • Market drivers and barriers
  • Conventional mobile network planning & optimization
  • Mobile network infrastructure spending, traffic projections and value chain
  • SON technology, architecture & functional areas
  • Review of over 30 SON use cases – ranging from automated neighbor relations and parameter optimization to self-protection and cognitive networks
  • Case studies of 15 commercial SON deployments by mobile operators
  • Complementary technologies including Big Data, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Key trends in next-generation LTE and 5G SON implementations including network slicing, dynamic spectrum management, edge computing, virtualization and zero-touch automation
  • Regulatory landscape, collaborative initiatives and standardization
  • SON future roadmap: 2019 – 2030
  • Profiles and strategies of more than 160 leading ecosystem players including wireless network infrastructure OEMs, SON solution providers and mobile operators
  • Strategic recommendations for SON solution providers and mobile operators
  • Market analysis and forecasts from 2019 till 2030

Forecast Segmentation:

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

  • Mobile Network Optimization
    • SON
    • Conventional Mobile Network Planning & Optimization
  • SON Network Segment Submarkets
    • RAN (Radio Access Network)
    • Mobile Core
    • Transport (Backhaul & Fronthaul)
  • SON Architecture Submarkets
    • C-SON (Centralized SON)
    • D-SON (Distributed SON)
  • SON Access Network Technology Submarkets
    • 2G & 3G
    • LTE
    • 5G
    • Wi-Fi & Others
  • Regional Markets
    • 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 opportunity?
  • What trends, challenges and barriers are influencing its growth?
  • How is the ecosystem evolving by segment and region?
  • What will the market size be in 2022, and at what rate will it grow?
  • Which regions and countries will see the highest percentage of growth?
  • How do SON investments compare with spending on traditional mobile network optimization?
  • What are the practical, quantifiable benefits of SON – based on live, commercial deployments?
  • How can mobile operators capitalize on SON to ensure optimal network performance, improve customer experience, reduce costs, and drive revenue growth?
  • What is the status of C-SON and D-SON adoption worldwide?
  • What are the prospects of artificial intelligence in SON and mobile network automation?
  • What opportunities exist for SON in mobile core and transport networks?
  • How can SON ease the deployment of unlicensed and private LTE/5G-ready networks?
  • What SON capabilities will 5G networks entail?
  • How does SON impact mobile network optimization engineers?
  • What is the global and regional outlook for SON associated OpEx savings?
  • Who are the key ecosystem players, and what are their strategies?
  • What strategies should SON solution providers and mobile operators adopt to remain competitive?

List of Companies Mentioned:

The following companies and organizations have been reviewed, discussed or mentioned in the report:

3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project)

5G PPP (5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership)

Accedian Networks

Accelleran

Accuver

Actix

AIRCOM International

AirHop Communications

Airspan Networks

Allot Communications

Alpha Networks

Alphabet

Altiostar Networks

Altran

Alvarion Technologies

Amdocs

Anritsu Corporation

Arcadyan Technology Corporation

Argela

ARIB (Association of Radio Industries and Businesses, Japan)

Aricent

Arista Networks

ARRIS International

Artemis Networks

Artiza Networks

ASOCS

Astellia

ASUS (ASUSTeK Computer)

AT&T

ATDI

ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, United States)

Baicells Technologies

BCE (Bell Canada)

Benu Networks

Bharti Airtel

BLiNQ Networks

BoostEdge

Broadcom

CableLabs

Casa Systems

Cavium

CBNL (Cambridge Broadband Networks Limited)

CCI (Communication Components, Inc.)

CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems)

CCSA (China Communications Standards Association)

Celcite

CellOnyx

Cellwize

CelPlan Technologies

Celtro

Cisco Systems

Citrix Systems

Collision Communications

Comarch

CommAgility

CommProve

CommScope

Commsquare

Comsearch

Contela

Continual

Coriant

Corning

Datang Mobile

Dell Technologies

Digi Communications

Digitata

D-Link Corporation

ECE (European Communications Engineering)

EDX Wireless

Elisa

Elisa Automate

Empirix

Equiendo

Ercom

Ericsson

ETRI (Electronics & Telecommunications Research Institute, South Korea)

ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute)

EXFO

Facebook

Fairspectrum

Federated Wireless

Flash Networks

Fon

Fontech

Forsk

Fujian Sunnada Network Technology

Fujitsu

Galgus

Gemtek Technology

General Dynamics Mission Systems

GenXComm

Globe Telecom

GoNet Systems

Google

Guavus

GWT (Global Wireless Technologies)

HCL Technologies

Hitachi

Hitachi Vantara

Huawei

iBwave Solutions

InfoVista

Innovile

InnoWireless

Intel Corporation

InterDigital

Intracom Telecom

ip.access

ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan)

Ixia

JRC (Japan Radio Company)

Juni Global

Juniper Networks

KDDI Corporation

Keima

Key Bridge

Keysight Technologies

KKTCell (Kuzey Kıbrıs Turkcell)

Kleos

Koonsys Radiocommunications

Kumu Networks

Lemko Corporation

life:) Belarus

lifecell Ukraine

Linksys

Linux Foundation

LS telcom

Luminate Wireless

LuxCarta

Marvell Technology Group

Mavenir Systems

MegaFon

Mimosa Networks

MitraStar Technology Corporation

Mojo Networks

Mosaik

Nash Technologies

NEC Corporation

NetQPro

NetScout Systems

Netsia

New Postcom Equipment Company

Nexus Telecom

NGMN Alliance

Node-H

Nokia Networks

Nomor Research

NuRAN Wireless

Nutaq Innovation

NXP Semiconductors

Oceus Networks

Optus

Orange

P.I.Works

Parallel Wireless

Persistent Systems

PHAZR

Phluido

Polystar

Potevio

PreClarity

Qualcomm

Quanta Computer

Qucell

RADCOM

Radisys Corporation

Ranplan Wireless Network Design

RCS & RDS

Rearden

Red Hat

RED Technologies

Redline Communications

Reliance Industries

Rivada Networks

Rohde & Schwarz

Ruckus Wireless

Saguna Networks

Samji Electronics Company

Samsung

Schema

SEDICOM

SerComm Corporation

Seven Networks

Siklu Communication

Singtel

SIRADEL

SITRONICS

SK Telecom

SK Telesys

Small Cell Forum

Spectrum Effect

SpiderCloud Wireless

Star Solutions

SuperCom

Systemics Group

Tarana Wireless

Tech Mahindra

Tecore Networks

TEKTELIC Communications

Telefónica Group

Telrad Networks

TEOCO Corporation

Teragence

Thales

TI (Texas Instruments)

TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile)

TIM Brasil

TP-Link Technologies

TSDSI (Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India)

TTA (Telecommunications Technology Association, South Korea)

TTC (Telecommunication Technology Committee, Japan)

TTG International

Tulinx

Turkcell

Vasona Networks

Verizon Communications

VHA (Vodafone Hutchison Australia)

Viavi Solutions

VMWare

Vodafone Germany

Vodafone Group

Vodafone Ireland

Vodafone Spain

Vodafone UK

WBA (Wireless Broadband Alliance)

WebRadar

Wireless DNA

WNC (Wistron NeWeb Corporation)

WPOTECH

XCellAir

Z-Com

ZTE

Zyxel Communications Corporation