End-To-End Network Automation: Why and How To Do It

Although true end-to-end automation hasn’t been achieved yet, network automation remains a reality that telcos need to have a firm grasp on to flourish. Implementing E2E comes with significant challenges. But the expected benefits far outweigh the challenges making network automation a vital step in the growth of telcos.

Why You Need to Implement End-To-End Network Automation 

There are numerous advantages associated with E2E automation. But they can be squeezed into six key benefits that can paint a clear picture of the benefits you stand to enjoy by undertaking E2E automation. These are:

Deliver On-Demand Agility 

Customers expect the kind of accuracy, speed, and flexibility a good telco should offer. Telcos can deliver the agility and quality service that customers demand through a high network automation level while keeping the service cost-efficient.

Provide more than just Connectivity  

E2E automating allows telcos to provide more than just connectivity. It also helps that telcos instill trust in their external partners to competitively and securely handle data through top-quality automation. This is more so in the network domain, where most stakeholders believe that telcos excel. For telcos to prove that they can offer a lot more than connectivity, they need to invest in the core internal processes and highly automated systems that build trust and reliability.

Free Resources to Promote Service Innovation 

Automation is resource-efficient. By automating, the company can free up the resources (finances, human resources, time, and technology) they need to innovate and improve services. Through automation, the company can reduce operating costs and reallocate resources that will increase investment in innovation, guaranteeing improved service delivery in connectivity and other areas.

Realize the Full Potential of 5G

For 5G to achieve its full potential, most operators will have to incorporate automation into the design from the ground up. Next-generation networks like dynamic network slicing and other 5G capabilities will require highly automated systems hence the need for E2E automation.

How to Fast-track End-to-End Network Automation

Despite the challenges operators might face when accelerating their automation journey, there are several solutions you could use that will ease the process and reduce the automation time.

Effective Management Vision 

The first step to achieving true end-to-end automation starts with a shift in the management’s talent, culture, and vision. Having qualified personnel to focus on the implementation of the automation is pivotal to its success.

It’s also important for telcos to consider a culture change that will define their employees’ job roles and how their positions will evolve as the automation is completed.

Package Automation into Products and Services 

Previously, operators have taken the approach of creating a service before automating it. In the 5G era, this approach has to change. Operators will have to formulate methods on how the automation can be built-in from the beginning to create well-rounded services ready for delivery. This will allow mobile operators to realize the network automation potential of the 5G network while relaying the same benefits to their customers almost instantly.

Cross-team Collaboration 

E2E automation requires multiple teams, especially those in 5G and those in Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI). Collaboration will not only make the automation process fluid but will also future-proof the platform and enhance efficiency.

Turn to Closed-loop Automation 

One of the primary obstacles to full automation and realization of the self-optimizing and self-healing vision systems is the decision-making process. Moving the automated recommendations that humans can actualize to a closed-loop automation response can accelerate the rate and success of automation. Achieving this will require clear governance for accountability even though the decisions aren’t made directly by a human being.

Conclusion 

Mobile operators can attest that the 5G network will drastically improve their network capacity. To leverage these and other benefits fully, E2E automation is almost inevitable.

 

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