What are the types of Self-Organizing Networks?
In general, there are three types of SON:
1. Distributed SON is where numerous automation components appear across the network, often provided by the equipment vendors. A distributed SON usually has the advantage of using real-time data meaning near-real-time actions for immediate results. However, distributed SON components may not integrate or collaborate across technologies or vendors to achieve true network optimization.
2. Centralized SON is where a SON solution sits across multiple network components to analyze data and manage changes holistically. A centralized SON can analyze and optimize at the ‘big-picture’ level meaning overall results are generally better than distributed components.
3. Hybrid SON is where both distributed and centralized SON components are deployed, with the centralized SON taking lead across the network. The Hybrid SON solution approach tends to work very well, utilizing vendor-specific tools as well as ISV innovation to optimize the entire network.
Innovile’s SON solution is technology and vendor agnostic and so tends to be deployed as a centralized or hybrid SON.