White Paper

Accelerating 5G Evolution Through IP Backhaul Automation

The introduction of 5G into the market, along with innovations in edge computing and disaggregation of the RAN have raised the profile and importance of the mobile edge network. According to a recent CTIA survey, mobile traffic volumes have exploded, with a more than 108x increase of traffic in the past 10 years and more than 42.2 trillion MBs being delivered over mobile networks in 2020.

As a result, mobile operators are struggling to keep up with demands to expand network capacity and modernize the IP network components that are delivering traffic across their network, accelerating the need for automation.

Accelerating 5G Evolution Through IP Backhaul Automation

This white paper, better understand why and how network automation is a critical component for any Communications Service Provider to keep up with the intensity and volume of changes to the IP backhaul network, while dramatically reducing cost to deploy and operate IP backhaul networks through a process-centric approach to automation.

Drivers for Backhaul Automation

The net result of these factors has forced mobile operators to initiate projects to upgrade and overhaul their IP backhaul networks. At the same time, they are looking for opportunities to improve operational efficiency and velocity.

Key Automation Use Cases that Enable Engineers to Focus on High-Impact Activities

Several key use cases are emerging for IP backhaul automation, and they fall into three categories: implementation, operations, and service enablement.

Business Impact and Benefits of Backhaul Automation

Given the large number of IP backhaul devices currently deployed, and the maturity of the engineering and operations activities related to those devices, mobile operators have a reasonably comprehensive understanding of the costs and resources required to deploy and operate the IP backhaul network. This makes the IP backhaul network an ideal candidate to define and quantify the business impact and benefits for automation.

How Backhaul Automation is an Enable for 5G Network Slicing Capabilities

While the business case for IP backhaul automation is extremely positive based on the efficiencies gained through automation of deployment and day-to-day operations, one of the major technical benefits that automation provides is its ability to support new 5G capabilities and features, such as network slicing.