ADTRAN’s automated network intelligence for capacity planning

April 1, 2020
The new service enables network operators to optimize their network investments by automating and scaling broadband service delivery.

ADTRAN Inc. recently introduced its Automated Network Intelligence service offering, which adds capacity-planning capability to the company’s service and support portfolio for service providers. ADTRAN says this new service “allows providers to intelligently align consumer demand with network supply, affording consumers more-tailored internet bandwidth options.”

Automated Network Intelligence introduces a suit of products that simplify access-network operations by automating and scaling broadband service delivery, the company continued “Operators can leverage automated intelligence to speed access infrastructure decision-making with increased insight and accuracy,” ADTRAN said. “With these solutions, service providers will be able to more-efficiently plan, design, and optimize access networks so their broadband delivery capacity can quickly be deployed to serve more people with the right internet service options at a lower network cost.”

One of the service’s primary features is its ability to identify every underserved copper household that could be upgraded to a high-bandwidth fiber extension or full fiber-based service, with cost thresholds set by the carrier, ADTRAN pointed out. This capability enables the operator to better serve its existing customer base as they build out a gigabit-enabled fiber broadband network.

“The broadband market has become increasingly competitive over the past decade as the industry races to deliver on the promise of the gigabit economy,” said Girish Kadam ADTRAN’s head of managed and cloud services. “The challenges our customers face, in terms of delivering the best network solutions, are increasingly complex with the emergence of innovative new 10G fiber and fiber extension services, 5G and fixed wireless access solutions. ADTRAN has the domain experience, solutions and industry knowledge to help operators build, plan, deploy and evolve their best network ahead of market demand.”

ADTRAN also pointed out the following benefits of its Automated Network Intelligence service: results-driven network planning, 65 to 80% reduction in time-to-market, budget accuracy, design efficiency, and the ability to conduct side-by-side comparison analysis.

“Edge computing, 5G and increasing bandwidth demands are forcing service providers to upgrade their networks,” commented Andy Hicks, principal analyst at GlobalData. “Their network planning must evolve from the current reactive, manual and best-guess-based processes to a more granular and efficient system. The capacity-planning tools they use should accommodate multi-vendor infrastructure, as well as incorporate capex and open optimization. Given today’s speed of change, automation is the only way to accomplish this.”

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