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Infonetics: Operators Are Deploying SON in LTE and 3G Networks Alike; Name Top Vendors



  Infonetics: Operators Are Deploying SON in LTE and 3G Networks Alike; Name
  Top Vendors

Business Wire

CAMPBELL, Calif. -- December 05, 2012

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its new SON
and Optimization Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey, for  which
Infonetics interviewed wireless, incumbent, and competitive operators around
the world about their network optimization strategies and self-organizing
network (SON) deployment plans.

ANALYST NOTE

“While SON is up and running in a few LTE networks around the world, we were
surprised to find that some of the large incumbents we surveyed for our SON
and optimization study have deployed SON as the key optimization tool in their
3G networks as well,” reports Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile
infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research. “Since SON was
originally developed for LTE, this finding is fascinating and draws to a close
the debate over whether SON could be used in legacy networks.”

SON AND OPTIMIZATION SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

  * The chief drivers for deploying SON are opex reduction; improvement in
    capacity, quality, and network performance; and small cell usage in the
    network
  * Automatic neighbor relations (ANR) is the most deployed SON feature among
    respondent operators
  * 80% of operators interviewed rate complexity as the #1 barrier to
    deploying SON
  * Survey respondents view Ericsson, Huawei, and Nokia Siemens Networks as
    the top SON vendors
  * A majority of respondents consider SON an unproven and immature technology

SURVEY SYNOPSIS

For its new 24-page SON and optimization survey, Infonetics interviewed
independent wireless, incumbent, and competitive operators in Europe, North
America, and Asia about their network optimization strategies and SON
deployment plans. The study provides insights into SON features, drivers,
implementation barriers, technical challenges, and vendors. Operators surveyed
together represent 1/3 of the world’s telecom capex and carrier revenue and
16% of all mobile subscribers. To buy the survey, contact Infonetics:
http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

RELATED RESEARCH

  * Latest Infonetics Mobile, Wireless, and Small Cells research brief:
    http://bit.ly/SL16eJ
  * LTE jumps 30% in Q3, NSN doubles LTE revenue; mobile gear set for growth
    in 2013
  * Japan’s mobile market grows 3-fold on the wings of LTE, China puts 3G
    first
  * 3G and 4G self-organizing network (SON) software market set to double in
    2013
  * Telecom outsourcing, managed services a $76 billion opportunity by 2016
  * Small cell is the buzz but DAS is the biz, say operators in latest
    Infonetics survey
  * Femtocells offer opportunity to put the mobile network at the heart of the
    home network
  * Femtocell market spikes 12% in Q2; Alcatel-Lucent nabs W-CDMA femto lead
  * A first: Increased ARPU now a top driver for LTE upgrades
  * Mobile broadband will push mobile services to $976 billion by 2016; SMS,
    voice persevere
  * Voice over LTE gaining momentum

RECENT AND UPCOMING RESEARCH

Download Infonetics' market research brochure, events brochure, publication
calendar, report highlights, tables of contents, prospectuses and more at
http://www.infonetics.com/login.

  * Service Provider Capex, Revenue & Capex by Equipment Type (Nov.15)
  * Infonetics CRS Report: Huawei 2011 Revenue Reconciliation (Nov. 19)
  * Femtocell Equipment Market Share/Forecast (Dec. 7)
  * 2G/3G/4G/LTE Services & Subscribers: Voice, SMS/MMS & Broadband Forecast
    (Dec. 12)
  * 3G & 4G (LTE, WiMAX) Broadband Devices & Subscribers Market Share/Forecast
    (Dec.13)
  * Fundamental Telecom/Datacom Market Drivers (Dec. 14)
  * Service Provider Capex, Opex, Revenue, & Subscribers Database (Dec. 19)
  * Telecommunications Equipment Vendor Leadership Scorecard (Dec.)

UPCOMING INFONETICS EVENTS

  * WEBINAR: Subscriber Engagement: The Missing Link in Policy Control &
    Charging (Dec. 11)
  * WEBINAR: Integrating Carrier WiFi with the Mobile Network (Target date:
    Feb. 2013)
  * WEBINAR: Scaling Small Cell Backhaul (Sponsorships available)

TO BUY REPORTS, CONTACT SALES:

N. America (West), Asia, Latin America: Larry Howard, larry@infonetics.com, +1
408-583-3335

N. America (East), Texas, Midwest: Scott Coyne, scott@infonetics.com, +1
408-583-3395

Europe, Middle East, Africa: George Stojsavljevic, george@infonetics.com, +44
755-488-1623

Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp

ABOUT INFONETICS

Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research
and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader
in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world
regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively.
View Infonetics’ About Us slides at http://bit.ly/QUrbrV.

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Contact:

Infonetics Research
Stéphane Téral, +1 408-583-3371
Principal Analyst, Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics
stephane@infonetics.com
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