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The revival of the SON: 5G, cloud-RAN and densification will drive market expansion

Anil Rao Principal Analyst, Research

"CSPs are clear that next-generation SON capabilities will accelerate the transition to zero-touch networks."

Operators’ plans to densify and virtualise their networks, for example by implementing cloud-RAN, and in the future, 5G, will increase the interest in zero-touch networks delivered with low operational costs and superior customer experience.

This report provides:

  • a 5-year forecast for self-organising networks (SONs)
  • recent survey results on the drivers and inhibitors of SONs
  • recommendations for vendors and communications service providers (CSPs).