Insight: SON Testing and Monitoring Market Opportunities and Challenges

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 with No comments

As LTE and HetNets proliferate, network infrastructure is becoming too complex for human engineers to effectively track and monitor performance. To fill this gap, enter self-organizing networks (SON), a Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) concept. Broadly, SON describes network management and optimization technology capable of making ‘smart’ decisions—based on analysis of ‘big’ and ‘fast’ data—automatically, with no human intervention needed. This technology is characterized by plug-and-play, self-repair, and network optimization.

Frost & Sullivan’s recently published report, Analysis of Global SON Testing and Monitoring Market (September, 2015) takes a look at the growing SON market (predicted to grow at a CAGR of 16.9% over the next four years) and how its characteristics are predicted to play out through 2019. 

The report covers solutions used to validate SON performance by checking how well its individual network element conform. That includes infrastructure and service assurance solutions (like those Accedian offers), probe-based monitoring systems, and drive testing equipment.

To start, here is a summary of how Frost & Sullivan ranked three categories of SON testing and monitoring within the overall market:

Conclusions reached by Frost & Sullivan about categories of SON testing and monitoring
This is not really surprising; probe-based monitoring systems are being supplanted by service assurance solutions that address the growing complexity of networks and the need to automate networks. 

The report also noted major market drivers and constraints, as summarized here:

SON testing and monitoring market drivers and constraints identified by Frost & Sullivan

Or, to put it another way, the report concluded that:

Source: Frost & Sullivan