5G Operations Automation
Netcracker offers a comprehensive set of solutions to intelligently automate the full lifecycle of dynamic 5G applications, services and network slices.
5G Success Requires a New Operational Model
The true potential of 5G is yet to be realized. With the emergence of the 5G core, Open RAN and flexible multicloud infrastructure, CSPs can build lucrative businesses with mission-critical services, differentiating slices and new partnerships. However, 5G success necessitates a new operational approach centered on agility, scale and intelligent automation.
Netcracker’s 5G Operations Automation combines orchestration, Digital OSS and AI/analytics to make dynamic 5G services on public and private networks a reality. Our domain orchestration approach enables closed-loop automation of the full lifecycle of services and slices within a domain (core, transport and RAN) and across multiple domains and multiple cloud platforms to maximize agility. Services are executed on demand by service intent using our dynamic service models and scalable choreography engine to maintain SLAs with zero-touch provisioning. The cloud-native solution enables CSPs to leverage the full benefits of the cloud and implement services faster with DevOps automation.
Netcracker’s 5G Operations Automation is helping CSPs bring highly differentiated 5G services, new digital experiences and unique business value to their customers around the world.
Differentiate Services with Dynamic 5G Network Slicing
Network slicing drastically increases the power of 5G networks, enabling CSPs to guarantee diverse applications and services to meet customer needs across a shared network. CSPs can use flexible network slicing to create new business value, especially in high-growth vertical markets.
Netcracker’s 5G Operations Automation gives a competitive edge with dynamic network slicing and 5G capacity management at scale. The solution:
- Automates the full lifecycle of network slices within and across domains, including design, rapid slice creation, real-time delivery, assurance and optimization, to meet strict SLAs.
- Uses a network slicing management framework aligned to 3GPP for private and shared 5G networks.
- Achieves cross-domain network slicing with the Customer Service Management Function (CSMF) and Network Service Management Function (NSMF) in Netcracker’s E2E Service Orchestration.
- Provides domain-level slicing with the Network Slice Subnet Management Function (NSSMF).
- Includes a library of dynamic slice service models for the entire lifecycle and all closed-loop control events to maximize automation.
Transform the 5G RAN
The disruptive technology of Open RAN promises to lower costs, provide dynamic services and drive continuous innovation. However, its highly distributed software, advanced 5G technology, coexistence with 4G and best-of-breed vendor ecosystem require a new AI-driven OSS environment to bring automation and agility to the RAN.
Netcracker’s 5G Operations Automation includes our Open RAN Domain Orchestration to automate all aspects of the RAN domain from planning and design to activation, assurance and optimization. E2E visualization and a single pane of glass maximize RAN performance and enable a smooth transition to 5G and RAN slicing. Netcracker’s Non-Real-Time RAN Intelligent Controller (Non-RT RIC) intelligently optimizes the RAN using AI/ML and rApp use cases. The solution also leverages the expertise of Netcracker’s parent company, NEC, and benefits from pre-integration with many industry-leading Open RAN partners.
Leverage 5G Core Service Innovation
Cloud-native 5G core is at the forefront of 5G innovation with distributed core functions on premise or at the network edge for ultra-low latency use cases. This new capability will combine with edge cloud and network slicing to transform many industry verticals, including manufacturing, smart cities, transportation and healthcare, as well as consumer services, such as cloud gaming.
Netcracker’s 5G Operations Automation uses our Core Domain Orchestration to achieve a seamless evolution to full 5G by automating the full lifecycle of core services (VoLTE), core network slice subnets and network services (VNFs and CNFs) across hybrid 4G and 5G core networks. Its multicloud capability flexibly and intelligently places resources across public clouds, private clouds and the edge, and its services can be ordered and activated with a zero-touch service model through Netcracker’s Digital Marketplace.
Enter New Markets with MEC
CSPs are investing in edge cloud and full 5G to diversify into new markets and increase customer value with new multi-access edge computing (MEC) services. However, MEC services are highly complex with stringent latency and performance requirements. MEC services use MEC applications on multiple edge hosts in multiple locations (premise, network edge, regional and core) and may use both CSP and hyperscaler edge cloud platforms.
Netcracker’s 5G Operations Automation incorporates our Edge Orchestration to intelligently place MEC apps in the right edge hosts and ensure the rest of the network can support SLA service requirements. MEC Domain Orchestration selects the optimal edge host and then deploys, configures and automates the lifecycle of MEC applications. E2E MEC Service Orchestration is placed above RAN, MEC, transport and core domain orchestrators and automates the E2E MEC service lifecycle, including assurance and continuous optimization, to prepare the entire network.
Bring Agility to 5G Transport
Dynamic 5G services and network slices are driving new traffic patterns and shaping the need for radically different transport network architectures to handle unpredictable and instant capacity. The multiple layers and vendors of 5G xHaul networks require multilayer orchestration across both the IP and optical domains to create a seamless and simplified transport environment.
Netcracker’s 5G Operations Automation incorporates our Network Domain Orchestration solution with real-time network discovery, zero-touch service provisioning and automated network lifecycle management with a single pane of glass for services and active and passive assets. This level of automation across complex multilayer transport networks allows CSPs to leverage trunks and xHaul services for network slicing, private networks and other digital services.