LightCounting releases its RAN Automation Report: When the SON sets, the RIC rises, and the RAN gets SDN’ized
In 3Q20, LightCounting took a look at the evolution of mobile network automation from 3GPP’s Self-Organizing Network (SON) to the radio access network (RAN) intelligent controller named RIC, which with the recent involvement of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) sets the stage for RAN SDN’ization. Our major findings in the report are:
About the report:
Defined by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) at the beginning of this century, SON algorithms configure and optimize mobile networks automatically without human interaction. As networks handle vast amounts of traffic and become more and more sophisticated and complex through the addition of several generations, SON algorithms are blended with machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence algorithms. LightCounting’s RAN Automation Report: When the SON sets, the RIC rises, and the RAN gets SDN’ized tracks the centralized SON (C-SON) software and services revenue market, provides size, forecast and vendor market shares, and analyzes the evolution of C-SON modules and use cases becoming apps in the RIC needed in open RAN, open virtual RAN, and software defined RAN (SD-RAN) architectures.
Companies covered in this report include: AirHop Communications, Altiostar, Altran, AT&T, Cellwize, Cohere Technologies, Continual, Ericsson, HCL Technologies, Huawei, Innovile, Intel, Mavenir, Microsoft Azure, Nokia, P.I Works., Parallel Wireless, and VMware.