Transforming inventory management for 5G

Effective, accurate network inventory management is crucial to the success of new 5G networks and transformation efforts. Find out why in our new briefing paper.

5G brings an entirely new architecture, for mobile as well as fixed networks. It’s truly transformational but of course, it brings many challenges. For example, 5G requires a significant increase in the number of cell site deployments in order to achieve coverage with the required performance levels. In addition, it also demands the installation of fiber to each site to provide backhaul capabilities of the capacity and speed required to support 5G services. This process is known as densification.

As a result of this, the cost of deploying nationwide 5G coverage is expected to be extremely high, putting pressure on budgets and creating uncertain business plans. Never-the-less, national regulators are requiring MNOs to meet coverage obligations. As a result, modeling and creating new networks with accurate and clean inventory data is a prerequisite.

Most are trying to do so within existing CAPEX budgets, so they must also make savings from operational budgets to ensure flat overall expenditure. It is expected that increased automation, enhanced efficiency and consolidation of disparate or duplicate resources will help achieve these goals.

The ability to achieve savings through integration with existing BSS and the automation of processes and end-to-end provisioning workflows while retiring redundant or duplicated resources will be essential to this goal.

All of which means that network inventory has a central place in transformation efforts. Extending the fiber and cellular footprint and delivering service agility as we move towards the new era of network slicing and multiple parallel logical networks demands accurate, comprehensive network inventory management.

To understand these issues, why not read our latest briefing paper “CROSS and 5G”? We explore some of the challenges that 5G brings and examine what this means for inventory management – across all assets, physical as well as logical and virtual. For 5G services to really deliver, inventory management is key – find out why.

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