Nokia has introduced its Gigabit Smart Build portfolio to help service providers build ultra-broadband networks easily and more cost-efficiently. The portfolio consists of a set of services, processes and automated tools.
In a highly competitive market, service providers need to constantly upgrade their broadband networks and deliver more bandwidth to more people, sooner. Introducing new technology evolutions in networks and keeping customers happy and loyal while growing market share is a huge challenge, the company noted.
Broadband upgrade programmes run the risk of being delayed or run over budget due to inefficiencies and unexpected hurdles with planning and implementation - not to mention the impact on communities of never-ending civil works, digging up roads and entering buildings to install new infrastructure.
The idea behind Gigabit Smart Build is to simplify the process of introducing and commercialising new technology and products, and to make sure that the broadband networks will support competitive services for many years to come. It applies a 3-step approach to broadband evolution that address specific pain points while planning, deploying and operationalising.
Preparing for Gigabit
Nokia Bell Labs' patented Business and Technology Modelling tools help build viable and accurate business cases and select the right technology and strategy to move to Gigabit. Next to that, Nokia will share real-world experience and expertise with its customers through its Innovation Management service and will collaborate closely to accelerate the time-to-market for new products and technology.
The Network Build Control Management service controls and automates end-to-end network rollout resulting in cost-efficiencies, a faster roll-out and a first-time-right network build. This complements Nokia’s ONT Easy Start solution launched last year, which allows end-users to activate the Optical Network Terminal themselves, reducing installation and activation costs by 40+%.
Managing and optimising Gigabit
Patented methodologies and tools speed up and simplify migration of legacy broadband networks. In addition, the Network Assessment & Health Check tool analyses big data to provide insight into network performance and capacity management. Network software upgrades are performed faster and at higher quality through systematic upgrades.
Applying Gigabit Smart Build with customers throughout the world has shown the following benefits, Nokia claimed:
• Assured quality: The service reduces rollout errors by a factor of three by controlling end-to-end network rollout and automating.
• Fastest time to market: The service cuts time-to-market in half by minimising preparation time, accelerating rollouts and increasing rollout volume.
• Maximum RoI: The Service increases return on investment (RoI) as it helps operators choose the best evolution path with more than 95% accuracy, optimising rollouts and lifecycle management, and reducing legacy migration costs.
Nokia has recently run more than 10 key programmes with customers worldwide, upgrading and transforming their wireline broadband access networks.
Federico Guillén, president of Nokia's Fixed Networks Business Group, said: "Successfully rolling out Gigabit networks relies on three factors: experience, expertise and automation. Our unparalleled track record of innovation and holistic approach cover all aspects of the evolution to Gigabit networks.
“Basically, it comes down to taking the guesswork out of broadband network roll-outs. This delivers tremendous benefits and predictable results in terms of time-to-market, cost reductions and first-time-right execution, while sharply reducing any disruptions for communities and citizens."
Julie Kunstler, principal analyst at OVUM, said: "A recent network transformation survey we conducted confirmed that service providers face numerous network transformation challenges, such as choosing the best technology strategy and understanding its impact on future upgrades, identifying new revenue opportunities and meeting rollout targets and network optimization goals. Many of the cited challenges can be mitigated through enhanced vendor relationships with telecom partners such as Nokia."