Mobile Backhaul Performance Management – Challenges, Requirements, Benefits and ROI
A guide for network operations and network engineering teams
Today, mobile operators already use a multitude of network technologies, vendors and topologies -- with possible combinations reaching into the hundreds -- to build their mobile backhaul. Yet, looking ahead in the short and long terms, the adoption of next generation technologies such as LTE-Advanced, Small-Cells, HetNet, C-RAN, VoLTE – and ultimately 5G – will actually make mobile backhaul networks even larger and more complex. This challenging scenario poses a series of questions:
- What should mobile operators do to properly assure the quality of their data and voice services when adopting the next wave of convergent network technologies?
- Are the current performance tools and practices enough, or do providers need to evolve their arsenal accordingly? And if so, how do they adopt new tools with as little disruption as possible?
- Finally, what would be the ROI associated with the adoption of modern service assurance platforms, if any?
In this whitepaper we discuss in depth the underlying business and technical challenges network operations and engineering teams face today when assuring the performance of their mobile backhaul networks. Most importantly, however, we provide the answers to these critical questions.