The Need to Accelerate 5G Deployment
In today’s connected world, communications service providers (CSP) across the globe are on a race to 5G. The promise is high, but the reality is that it’s a complicated endeavor if not done right. A top Tier 1 global wireless service provider needed to accelerate their 5G network deployment by introducing a new vendor to support advanced 5G capabilities and to accelerate the deployment of 5G cell site routers, an essential component of their 5G architecture.
IP Backhaul Router Automation with Itential
This service provider looked at multiple options including Cisco NSO, Cienna Blue Planet, and custom internal IT development to support the deployment and configuration lifecycle of the new and existing cell site router infrastructure. However, none of these solutions were able to provide the level of flexibility and integration needed to accelerate their 5G deployment.
They selected Itential due to our significant advantages in efficiency, ease of use, and speed to deploy new services. By leveraging the Itential Automation Platform, they were able to seamlessly integrate their existing environment of multi-vendor and multi-domain network technologies with their custom-built, home grown IT solutions, thus avoiding any project disruptions that would be required by other alternatives due to lengthy and costly integration and development cycles.
Accelerated Time to Market & Increased Productivity
By implementing IP backhaul router automation and orchestration with Itential, this service provider decreased the manual hours to deploy new cell sites and aggregation routers by over 50%, increasing productivity of their cell site engineers by 200%. Most importantly, they were able to reduce their project timeline by 75% through the automation and orchestration of the deployment and upgrade process with Itential.
Why They Chose Itential
- Rapid integration capabilities that enabled the customer to easily introduce new vendors, capabilities, and functionality without having to rip and replace or start from scratch.
- Open library of pre-built components that allows users to start automating immediately, dramatically reducing the time associated with deployment and operations.
- Low-code ease of use, no need to retrain team further accelerating the project timeline and increasing internal adoption.
- Integrated configuration management with 5G automation and orchestration capabilities.
IP Backhaul Router Automation
Internal Systems (Inventory, Service Assurance, Ordering System/Engineering Portal)
Without the robust integration capabilities of Itential, we would have fallen behind on our 5G deployment. Their products and team made it possible for us to get ahead of schedule, ensuring our end users are always connected.