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Optimizing management and monetization

Future network architecture will be built ready for business. It will bring an extraordinary number of new products and services to industries, transforming the ICT landscape – both technically and commercially. With this comes an expectation for service providers to introduce new products as soon as they become available, and in the most cost-efficient way; balancing the economies of scale and scope more than ever.

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In a highly-competitive telecoms industry where the bar will be raised again and again, it's vital that the network architecture can offer different industries standardized and specialized services. Naturally, this platform will grow and evolve as more customers are added.

Our OSS/BSS architecture, management and monetization model is designed for businesses, handling all network resources provided by Ericsson and other vendors. The architecture covers business processes, functional decomposition and information for optimum operator performance.

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Process map

The management architecture supports automation, whereas the OSS/BSS functionality supports the required business agility and cost optimization

The business process map is used to identify the required OSS/BSS functions and define use cases. It is separated into three major views based on the maximum functions handled by the process (as highlighted in the diagram):

  • Product
  • Customer
  • Production
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Available functions

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The architecture embraces automation, moving towards networks that help tackle the increasing complexities of technological innovations. For the operator, this not only reflects the possibilities enabled by technology, but provides a way to introduce new offerings to the market quickly and in the most cost-efficient way.

Automation and network governance are essential to avoid this spiral of complexity. Looking ahead, automation must be combined with machine learning – and, in the longer term, artificial intelligence algorithms can be applied to lifecycle management operations. This, combined with domain policies, will facilitate and improve speed in the development of automation functionality.

The functional OSS/BSS architecture consists of a set of functions such as debt collection, customer experience monitoring and resource management. Each function and its specific need is defined in the process map.

Optimizing total cost of ownership

In this automated management deployment example, the architecture utilizes the processes of control, orchestration, management, analytics and policy.

Its four use case categories – resource/service onboarding, automated product offerings, automated management and service exposure – are underpinned by three key values:

  • Rapid service introduction into the network and lifecycle management
  • Dynamic network governance via policy
  • Controlled access to functionality provided by the responsibility domains

These values are achieved through an architectural pattern for advanced automated management, an Ericsson policy framework for the definition, deployment and execution of service and resource policies, as well as via analytics based on common architecture and components.

By combining flexibility, efficient product introductions and full service integration in this way, our network architecture supports the needs of management and monetization as we enter a 5G era.

Service providers will be able to offer the network as a virtualized and integrated service, programming the architecture at the lowest opex for any business; from automotive to utilities. This creates new business opportunities – within the telecommunications industry itself, and across the commercial world.

Optimizing total cost of ownership