Tuesday, 27 June 2017

E2E network planning & engineering

Kangzhigang - Huawei Technologies
Monday 24 February 14

The golden keys to carrier business success

Carriers are shifting their focus from technology to strategy, through cooperation with strategic partners. Several European carriers have outsourced network planning, design, construction, and maintenance to partners, enabling them to focus on core services related to customers, markets, and revenue, while integrating resources for more effective execution of strategy. Carriers are more successful due to this collaboration with vendors in terms of joint innovation and faster TTM.                                                             …

Carriers are shifting their focus from technology to strategy, through cooperation with strategic partners. Several European carriers have outsourced network planning, design, construction, and maintenance to partners, enabling them to focus on core services related to customers, markets, and revenue, while integrating resources for more effective execution of strategy. Carriers are more successful due to this collaboration with vendors in terms of joint innovation and faster TTM.

                                                                                
Carriers are often faced with misaligned upstream & downstream roadmaps, lack of control over planning progress, and high operating expenses (OPEX) due to lack of comprehensive planning and global industry experience. A few leading carriers are now deepening their partnerships with equipment vendors for joint strategic innovation that accelerates service innovation and network evolution. For example, a certain carrier in Europe had been thinking about future-oriented network evolution for a long time. However, it faced many internal challenges including, but not limited to, lack of key expertise, a unified service optimization & management system, and global industry experience that prevented it from moving forward on its strategic plans. After many rounds of discussion with Huawei, a joint team was established which focused on strategic planning and leveraging Huawei’s leadership in technology and global project experience.
Joint innovation also extends to network development & design with a comprehensive and end to end scope ranging from service innovation, network integration & evolution, to operational excellence, including new service & technology development, and service delivery. Numerous practices have proven that through joint innovation with equipment vendors, carriers can strengthen their competitive edge while accelerating innovation.

Time to market advantage
Carriers, especially fixed network operators, are under enormous operational pressure. Traditional voice services are shrinking. Fiber-to-the-curb and fiber-to-the-home (FTTC/FTTH) construction are being extended to low-value suburban and rural areas. Traditional lease services are also weakening due to IP-based technological innovations and the fact that more & more mobile carriers are building their own networks. At the same time, new architectures based on ultra-broadband, IP or the Internet are being developed, raising further demands on carrier networks. Building an appropriate network architecture that provides more flexible network solutions to accelerate service provisioning is of utmost importance if carriers want to seize the market.

Another European carrier once had an average time to market (TTM) of 60 weeks due to
challenges with technology introduction and its traditional delivery methods, and this slowfootedness eventually lost the carrier its market leadership. Though aware of its own problems, process complexities and internal restrictions made cross-functional planning difficult. Reversal of this situation was not possible without outside help.
This is why more and more carriers plan to partner with vendors who are competent and
experienced to provide primary integration services and serve as a single point of contact, so that management & operational costs are reduced. This arrangement allows vendors to directly obtain service requirements from carriers' marketing departments, guarantee a provisioning time for new services, and conduct network planning and forecasting in advance to speed up service provisioning.

Huawei E2E network planning & engineering
Huawei can provide E2E network planning and engineering solutions that cover the entire lifecycle of network planning & construction, including service requirement analysis, network resource preparation, and supply chain management. In addition, Huawei’s expertise is global with over 30 senior system architects (SAs), 1000+ SAs, and
more than 8000 professional service engineers around the world who provide technical support for network planning & project implementation.

Proven network planning solution
– Huawei uses field-proven network planning, development, implementation, and  evolution based on carrier requirements, technical standards, management methods, and return on investment (ROI).

E2E process optimization
– Huawei optimizes the joint innovation process through
standardization (service model/site model/order model), simplification, and balanced supply so as to expedite material supply and service delivery speed, resulting in simplified operations.

Coordinated cross-domain planning
–Huawei's cross-domain network planning platform implements coordinated planning across wireless/microwave/IP-based/optical networks, creating a robust, amply backed-up network. Network planning is aligned with device design/supply plans and network implementation plans to coordinate the entire delivery process, making for improved planning and supply efficiency.

Fast & visible delivery management
–During network implementation, results are matched with the network plan, and a rollout prediction mechanism for network implementation requirements is set up, enabling timely supply. Rapid deployment is achieved by setting up standardized service & site models. The order based delivery model enables a standardized delivery process and quality monitoring for the entire process. Two regional spare part centers and 36 national spare part centers can meet carriers' delivery requirements, improving delivery efficiency.

Unified comprehensive capability platform
– Leveraging its strong expertise, project experience, standardized processes, IT tools, and Global Network Evolution & Experience Center(GNEEC), Huawei provides a variety of platform resources to enable highly-efficient delivery around the world, including three technical support centers that provide 24/7 services and six multilingual training centers. Huawei also has powerful professional tools, including the Unistar Planner, MBB designer; combine this with the aforementioned GNEEC, and you have accelerated network construction with project quality and timely delivery assured.
 

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