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Cellwize Promotes the Benefits of Combined Cellco SON, NFV Solutions

By Paula Bernier June 03, 2014

A company named Cellwize that caters to mobile network operators today announced that its SON-based solution is now NFV-ready.

If that first sentence of this story was too big a helping of alphabet soup for you, let us stop for a moment to explain. SON, in this case, stands for self-optimizing network technology. It allows different types of radios – whether they are from different vendors, relay on different types of technology, or whatever – to work together. NFV, meanwhile, is shorthand for network functions virtualization. NFV is about taking network resources that currently exist as specialized appliances and transforming them into software-only modules that can reside on standard industry hardware to allow for lower network operator expense and more flexible use of network resources.

(To learn more about NFV, attend Software Telco Congress – The NFV Event. It will run from Aug. 11-14 at The Rio – Las Vegas.)

In a recent blog, Daniel Dribinski, co-founder and CTO of Cellwize, wrote that SON solutions can help mobile operators develop value-added services. The company’s elastic-SON solution can be automated with other network functions in the cloud, allowing mobile operators to do pay-as-you-grow rollouts so they can tailor optimization and performance to fit requirements – adding virtual machines with just a few clicks of the management interface.

While NFV is new to service provider networks, more than 80 percent of operators worldwide use SON today, mostly in 3G network scenarios, according to Infonetics Research. And many important vendors in recent years have brought SON solutions under their umbrellas via acquisitions. That includes the AMDOCS purchases of Actix and Celcite; Cisco’s acquisition of Intucell; and TEOCO’s move to snap up Aircom.

“NFV has been a key development for 2014, and it makes sense for centralized-SON to be in the cloud,” Ofir Zemer, CEO of Cellwize, notes. “As operators move their networks into a virtualized environment, it is vital that the RAN section can be managed by a robust virtual SON solution.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Executive Editor, TMC

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