5G networks will create business opportunities demanding high availability, real-time analysis, automation, intelligent service assurance, and network slicing in which the very infrastructure may be virtualised. Future OSS will need to manage all elements of a hybrid network automatically, and handle business support systems for real-time order management through a dynamic product catalog that can decompose services in accordance with pre-defined parameters.
It will also have to plan, design, create, configure, deploy and manage services faster than ever, while micro-services and APIs will help orchestrate complex cross-domain services to enhance telcos’ openness to third-parties.
Operators need to ask several questions when developing OSS for 5G:
- Does the envisioned solution support hybrid networks and scaling?
- Will it deliver a real-time, comprehensive network view?
- Can it create and manage federated networks across heterogeneous architecture?
- Does it support different technologies?
- Is it possible to define, add and modify KPIs and KQIs?
Comarch addresses all of these issues, re-using existing OSS to avoid the need for massive legacy system transformation. AI algorithms increase the efficiency of operational processes via automation. Hybrid networks and data federation models are supported, while the structured data store ensures a complete view of the network’s historical evolution.
Closed-loop control based on automation supports readiness, fulfilment and assurance, while cloud-nativeness and micro-services and containers improve scalability and decrease maintenance costs. Intelligent management is based on policies aligned with operators’ business objectives, while knowledge accumulation dynamically transforms data to facilitate the automation of operational processes.