Evolving the future with network architecture
Good architecture forms the foundation of communication networks. It powers the most innovative platform for the ecosystem, provides an overview of all system activity, plus supports future innovations.
As such, it's vital that the architecture is built and sustained correctly.
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Creating business innovation with the future network
We have always led system architecture development, successfully bridging the gap between businesses, IT and networks, as well as embracing enterprise architecture principles to cover all organizational layers: strategy, business, information systems, network and technology.
The diagram below is a starting point in explaining Ericsson's view of good network architecture.
This is our latest infrastructure model. It is designed with the operator and its customers in mind, enabling digital transformation across industries and society. With the option to change and improve individual sections rather than the entire system, we can divide a complex problem into more manageable components that can be handled by the relevant area. This enables each element to be focused on as an entity in itself, and to advance separately from the evolution of the system.
Fulfilling the values of architecture
We have identified 5 core values that good network architecture should fulfill to address the various industry challenges and trends:
- The network architecture should bring a long-term perspective to the evolution, aid the introduction of new technology, and be modular enough to prepare for whatever the future might bring
- At the same time, the architecture should reuse and build on what is already available
- Its interfaces need to be open enough for anyone to implement
- Architecture should be able to work in different usage scenarios, such as high to low capacity, widespread to small area, very dense coverage to spotty coverage, indoor and outdoor, etc.
- It needs to be scalable, flexible and modular, with the ability to scale upwards and downwards depending on the network strategy
- The architecture must also take into consideration the cost of acquiring, installing and operating a telecom network
- Infrastructure needs to support a user with the expected experience, every time they access the network – balancing price, cost and performance
- Essentially, a user or customer to the network should always get what they pay for
- The term user should be used in the widest context – anything from a person to an actuator, a sensor, a data center, etc.
- The network needs to work 24/7 for authorized users, delivering the expected level of service, but it must also ensure that unauthorized users cannot get hold of the information being communicated
- Whatever happens, it should always ensure that there is a solution to either prevent or mitigate the problem
- The architecture must also be able to allow authorities to lawfully intercept the network for crime prevention and detection
- Architecture success is measured by the amount of new value creation it enables, along with how efficiently the network can be operated
- The architecture should ensure that technical interfaces are aligned with business needs and act as an enabler for a shorter time to customer
- Networks must also work towards a more sustainable environment; for example, via lower power consumption, minimal use of rare and toxic materials and alternative energy solutions, such as solar power