Optimize network performance in Open RAN networks with automation
Learn how to plan and deploy O-RAN to enhance network performance with smart automation options
Open RAN network architectures are at an advanced design and early implementation phase. They already show major benefits are possible, especially with 5G network deployments sweeping the globe. The potential to democratize networks, removing dependency on single-vendor technology stacks, is a key benefit. Unblocking the network ecosystem, reducing costs, and enabling mix-and-match components to truly optimize network performance.
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What you will learn from this O-RAN white paper
A brief history of RAN to O-RAN architectures and the components that make it different; a new way forward.
Inherent and adjunct options for O-RAN network optimization, including application of a Self Organizing Network (SON) solution.
Insights to the measures and performance indicators to help track and optimize network performance.
Understand the challenges and opportunities of legacy and O-RAN deployments that are often coexisting.
Key recommendations to help ensure the right O-RAN path to great customer experience, operational simplification and improved cost management.
What is Open RAN (O-RAN)?
Open RAN Definition: O-RAN seeks to ensure interoperability between Radio Access Network (RAN) components from different vendors. O-RAN uses virtual-RAN (vRAN) principles to establish standards that improve network dynamics and security and reduce costs.
O-RAN Alliance Overview: A consortium of MNOs, equipment and software vendors, system integrators, and other members with the goal of “Transforming the Radio Access Networks industry towards open, intelligent, virtualized and fully interoperable RAN.”
What are the main benefits of O-RAN?
- Vendor lock-in is eliminated. Mix-and-match components to get the optimum architecture and network performance.
- Increased interoperability will drive competition and innovation. New use-cases and revenue options will emerge.
- Procurement and implementation costs (Capex) will reduce.
- Operational costs (Opex) will streamline and further decline with smart automation principles applied.
- 5G is particularly aligned to reap the benefits of O-RAN and should be considered in network planning and rollout.
O-RAN in 5G
RAN advances in 5G networks aim to enhance spectrum efficiency, reduce interference, lower energy consumption, and improve hardware performance with the help of next-level automation. These goals are addressed from two different perspectives:
1.Disaggregation – splitting the baseband functionality from the radio functionality; and
2.Cloudification – separation of the hardware and software and deploying the baseband units onto Common off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware, running a consistent cloud platform.
The Open RAN approach builds on these evolutionary steps by standardizing the interfaces between the disaggregated components…
How to optimize network performance in
an Open RAN architecture?
An Open RAN architecture provides a variety of opportunities to optimize network performance with open interfaces and an entire ecosystem of software applications that can be deployed to accomplish different functions and goals.
Near-RT RIC level
One approach is operating at the near-RT RIC level – defining xApps that work towards network performance optimization. For example – as described in the O-RAN Software Community – defining a xApp that monitors and stores Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), making them available for other xApps to use in making performance optimization decisions.