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Scaling small cell deployment - Why current tools are inadequate
Scaling small cell deployment - Why current tools are inadequate
Scaling small cell deployment - Why current tools are inadequate
Scaling small cell deployment - Why current tools are inadequate
Scaling small cell deployment - Why current tools are inadequate
Scaling small cell deployment - Why current tools are inadequate
Scaling small cell deployment - Why current tools are inadequate
Scaling small cell deployment - Why current tools are inadequate
Scaling small cell deployment - Why current tools are inadequate
Scaling small cell deployment - Why current tools are inadequate
Scaling small cell deployment - Why current tools are inadequate
Scaling small cell deployment - Why current tools are inadequate
Scaling small cell deployment - Why current tools are inadequate
Scaling small cell deployment - Why current tools are inadequate
Scaling small cell deployment - Why current tools are inadequate
Scaling small cell deployment - Why current tools are inadequate
Scaling small cell deployment - Why current tools are inadequate
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Scaling small cell deployment - Why current tools are inadequate

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As service providers plan large scale rollout of public access small cells, many operators believe that existing planning and workflow tools are simply not enough to meet the needs of complex backhaul …

As service providers plan large scale rollout of public access small cells, many operators believe that existing planning and workflow tools are simply not enough to meet the needs of complex backhaul design, rapid implementation and change management.

These slides are from a webinar where Amdocs describes their unique ‘catalog driven’ approach to process automation which cuts the time and cost for small cell network rollout.

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  • 1. Scaling Small Cell Deployment - Why current tools are inadequate Phil Bull Solutions Marketing Manager Amdocs OSS Division May 20th 2014
  • 2. Information Security Level 1 – Confidential © 2014 – Proprietary and Confidential Information of Amdocs2 Agenda ● Small cells market ● Deployment challenges ● Backhaul complexity ● Limitations of today’s planning tools and processes ● Amdocs Small Cell Solution ● Catalog driven ‘factory’ approach ● Benefits of Dynamic Plan Management ● Summary ● Q&A
  • 3. Information Security Level 1 – Confidential © 2014 – Proprietary and Confidential Information of Amdocs3 What are small cells? Small Cell = Low power wireless access point ●  Operating in licensed spectrum ●  Using mobile technology ●  Generating coverage and capacity ●  Using internet grade backhaul ●  Small footprint ●  Cost effective ●  Fully managed by licenced operators ●  Self-organising and self managing (Images courtesy of Alcatel Lucent)
  • 4. Information Security Level 1 – Confidential © 2014 – Proprietary and Confidential Information of Amdocs4 Public Access Small Cells Market ● Despite high expectations, small cell market is only just emerging in many countries ● 60+ trials completed to date and growth is on the way ● Small Cells – little alternative!! In 2018, Urban Small Cells will account for $8.5 billion, or more than 80% of the total Small Cell market Source: Small Cell Forum Challenges and delays due to technology (chipsets), lack of suitable tools and processes Most operators here
  • 5. Information Security Level 1 – Confidential © 2014 – Proprietary and Confidential Information of Amdocs5 Small Cell Deployment - The challenges ●  Operators can’t keep up with the rapid introduction of new technology while continuously expanding network capacity ●  High complexity and sheer volume of tasks mean operators cannot meet their time, cost, and quality targets ●  Some operators are planning to deploy 1,000s of small cells per month! ●  They need to manage 100s of related projects simultaneously using low-cost, low-skilled human resources to install the equipment High Cost Volume Lack of Automation Complexity
  • 6. Information Security Level 1 – Confidential © 2014 – Proprietary and Confidential Information of Amdocs6 Backhaul Complexity - Examples SC Controller New 3G, 4G LTE + WiFi CoreNetwork Aggregation&Access Wireless Hub (P2MP) SC Controller Satellite Rural Small Cell Fibre 3rd Party Leased Line PoP LoS PoP Fibre Fibre Fibre Outdoor/Indoor Small Cells Wireless P2P Urban Small Cells
  • 7. Information Security Level 1 – Confidential © 2014 – Proprietary and Confidential Information of Amdocs7 Managing the End-to-End Process Finance Planning Design Construction Create Project Validate Backhaul Solution Initial Solution Approval Conduct Kick-Off Create Location Site Walk Network Design Project approvals Establish Initial Backhaul Options Install Equipment Provision Inventory Telco Ready Order Transport Project Close Out Validate Address Project / Task Management Sites & Estates Partner Management Initiation Planning Design Construction Optimization
  • 8. Information Security Level 1 – Confidential © 2014 – Proprietary and Confidential Information of Amdocs8 The traditional approach to managing workflow Life starts simply… BUT! Over time, typically many more …. •  Duplicate processes to handle the variations required e.g. •  Access options •  Aggregation options •  Venue specific options •  Etc … Impact examples (subset): •  Evolution painfully slow •  Many workarounds •  Many manual steps •  Undocumented processes •  Swivel chair processes •  Highly skilled tasks •  Etc … After a period of time…
  • 9. Information Security Level 1 – Confidential © 2014 – Proprietary and Confidential Information of Amdocs9 Limitations of Today’s Planning Tools and Processes Lack of end-end orchestration across multiple systems and organizational groups Inability to scale effectively across tens of thousands small cells Lack of agility to handle in-flight project changes Lack of centralised information for network resources – (single source of truth) Lack of integrated technical design
  • 10. Information Security Level 1 – Confidential © 2014 – Proprietary and Confidential Information of Amdocs10 Business Impact Business Impact Higher Project Costs Project Delays Impaired Quality More Site Visits (Truck Rolls) Lost Accountability Need for Higher Skills Can’t Meet Small Cell Numbers!!
  • 11. Information Security Level 1 – Confidential © 2014 – Proprietary and Confidential Information of Amdocs11 Amdocs Small Cell Solution Provides a complete end-end catalog driven planning, design, and rollout solution for Next Generation Networks “An automated planning and project management solution that reduces costs and speeds up planning and deployment of mobile and fixed networks.” Network design time over 30% reduction in network design time Rapid deployment e.g., roll out 1000s of small cell sites per month Reduce deployment cost up to 25% reduction in network rollout cost Multi-technology Support all network technologies—from any vendor
  • 12. Information Security Level 1 – Confidential © 2014 – Proprietary and Confidential Information of Amdocs12 Initiation Construction OptimizationDesignPlanning Validate Backhaul Solution Initial Solution Approval Conduct Kick-Off Create Location Site Walk Network Design Project approvals Establish Initial Backhaul Options Install Equipment Provision Inventory Telco Ready Order Transport Create Project Project Close Out Validate Address Automating the Rollout Process Smart Cell Placement •  Catalog driven process automation •  Guided user tasks •  Network and human resource management •  Automated resource levelling •  3rd Party Partner Mgt. •  BPM Based Where to locate small cells? Dynamic process and project management Plan and Design •  Coverage notspots •  Capacity hotspots •  High-value users •  VIPs •  Churn propensity •  Business Intelligence Analytics •  Guided Tasks •  One trip install •  Centralised information •  Configure and turn-up from mobile device •  Bar code/RFID tagging Installation Guided Field-Force Tasks Import cell locations Assign field user tasks
  • 13. Information Security Level 1 – Confidential © 2014 – Proprietary and Confidential Information of Amdocs13 Related Components A catalog driven ‘factory’ approach Catalog - Driven Rollout Factory “Design once, deploy many times” Information Security Level 2 – Sensitive © 2012 – Proprietary and Confidential Information of Amdocs Decomposi)on  and   Plan  Genera)on   Network  Design  Blocks   Project  Flow  Blocks   Re-­‐usable   Network  Design   Automa)c  End-­‐End   Plan  Genera)on   Network and Project Profile Requirements Modular, reusable, Building Blocks ‘The Factory’
  • 14. Information Security Level 1 – Confidential © 2014 – Proprietary and Confidential Information of Amdocs14 Benefits of Dynamic Plan Management Rapid plan generation for each small cell •  Project plan and network design automatically built from requirements •  Highly repeatable Easier to maintain •  Plan templates for each small cell type stored in catalog •  BPEL ‘building blocks’ easy to create More flexible – ‘on-demand’ •  In-flight project changes •  Workarounds and plan updates without disrupting project
  • 15. Information Security Level 1 – Confidential © 2014 – Proprietary and Confidential Information of Amdocs15 Speeds time to market for Small Cells Reaping the Rewards of end-end Process Automation Reduces rollout cost through increased efficiency Enables large scale projects (1000s small cells per month) Limits project risk and human error
  • 16. Information Security Level 1 – Confidential © 2014 – Proprietary and Confidential Information of Amdocs16 Summary Operator challenges in rolling out small cells • Complexity, Volume, Lack of Automation and Cost Current planning tools and processes are inadequate • Don’t scale • Inflexible • Can’t support complex networks and projects Need for ‘agile’ end- end process automation across multiple systems and groups Amdocs’ catalog driven approach to process management – resolves technical complexity and scalability Cuts time and cost for small cell deployment by up to 25% Increases project efficiency
  • 17. Information Security Level 1 – Confidential © 2014 – Proprietary and Confidential Information of Amdocs17 Who to contact? ● Phil Bull, Solutions Marketing Manager ●  philip.bull@amdocs.com ● Visit our Small Cell Solutions page www.amdocs.com/Products/OSS/Pages/small-cell- solution.aspx

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