Operators are facing increasing pressure to both deliver excellent service and remain competitive, meaning that manual network management is no longer cost-effective.
The growing demand for broadband services will increasingly exceed the capabilities of operators’ engineering teams, forcing them to improve the efficiency and velocity of delivering and managing network services, the challenge being all the greater due to global problems with the availability of skilled workers.
The increasing complexity of broadband network infrastructure, such as the multitude of technologies, new applications and cloud services, as well as the further difficulties in managing and monitoring it, increases the risk of breaching security standards.
This demands effective solutions that guarantee simplified operations and an outstanding quality of experience.
Automation plays a pivotal role in the future of broadband network services
The steps behind implementation of the process are performed by several engineers – each of these steps specified in the SLA takes a certain amount of time, summing up to even several weeks.
Even when the CSP has already introduced elements of automation to their network architecture, e.g. automatically entered commands that configure the device, with codes in Python or playbooks in Ansible, or implemented an SDN controller that will configure the device via Netconf, these tasks are still triggered manually and have to wait for its turn in the life cycle of this process.
This emphasizes the importance of not only automation but, above all, orchestration and elimination of most of the manual tasks.
Network automation used to be about writing fragile, one-off scripts that can eliminate simple, manual tasks.
Today, network automation involves complex orchestration processes that have to be executed on-time, in-full, error-free, and at scale.
Start with small steps. Select those elements of the process that provide the greatest profit immediately – benefit from relieving your engineers of a portion of their workload and by shortening the time of the process. These will be tedious manual tasks, which in the processes can be seen as those generating a significant loss of time.
If something is blocking you from introducing automation to an existing process, take advantage of automation in new processes, such as the implementation of a new technology.
Avoid automating the whole process at once – the more elements you disassemble, the longer it will take to launch the process and gain benefits from automation. The best automation approach is picking low-hanging fruits.
At VECTOR TECHNOLOGIES, we are able to smoothly implement automation and orchestration in any broadband network.