MWC 2015: Nokia Networks and Coriant to extend SON to mobile backhaul

Self-aware mobile backhaul system automatically adapts to changing network demand and provides optimal service performance and user experience at all times

MWC 2015: Nokia Networks and Coriant to extend SON to mobile backhaul

Nokia Networks and Coriant are claiming to be the first to extend intelligent self-organizing networks (SON) to mobile backhaul. The innovation will be demonstrated for the first time at Mobile World Congress 2015.

The SON for mobile backhaul Proof of Concept shows how advanced analytics and software defined networking (SDN) work together to create programmable, self-aware networks that assure an optimal service experience end-to-end. The same level of experience can be achieved with 20% less transport infrastructure than is needed in today's networks.

Reversing the conventional paradigm for a better service quality

The self-aware network extends SDN beyond automated service provisioning to automatically reconfigure network resources based on analysis of the factors that impact customer experience and service level agreements. By reversing the conventional paradigm - in which services must conform to the network - SON adapts the mobile backhaul network to the demands of mobile services. This results in a better perceived Quality of Experience because high service quality is maintained every time a user runs an application. 

Proof of Concept at a glance:

  • Creates a programmable, self-aware mobile backhaul network that maintains optimal performance
  • Monitors user and control plane traffic as well as network quality indicators
  • Dynamically reconfigures network resources to improve service quality based on real-time analytics and anomaly detection
  • Simplifies network planning, deployment and operation
  • Optimises utilisation of transport resources and increases the lifespan of an operator's infrastructure investments.

Hossein Moiin, executive VP and CTO at Nokia Networks, said: "This Proof of Concept is the first of its kind to provide a fully automated capability for self-configuration and self-optimization of multi-vendor mobile backhaul networks using SDN as the management layer. It is a major step towards teaching networks to be self-aware and realizing our Technology Vision 2020

“It also reduces total cost of transmitting each bit by making transport networks intelligent enough to take network planning and daily operational decisions in the most cost-effective way on their own."

Paul Smelters, senior VP of Data Networks, Coriant, said: "Coriant innovation in SDN is leading the revolution to programmable, service-aware data-optical networks. Through this joint programme with Nokia Networks, Coriant is showing how it is enabling services as the driver of programmable mobile backhaul and fixed-mobile converged networks."

Products used in the live demonstration at the Coriant booth in Hall 2, Stand 2I30:

  • Nokia's SON technology
  • Coriant 8600 Smart Routers
  • Coriant SDN controller
  • Nokia LTE base stations
  • Nokia System Architecture Evolution (SAE) gateway.


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