Ericsson takes network management to the cloud

Ericsson takes network management to the cloud

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By Wisse Hettinga

Through Network Management as a Service, Ericsson is supporting these operators in their journeys to virtualization, software-defined networking and, potentially, 5G network transformation. The aim is to help operators reduce the complexity of managing their networks while delivering a predictable total cost of ownership and enabling an efficient network evolution.

The US operators to date that have chosen the Network Management as a Service are: Carolina West Wireless, Cellcom, Chariton Valley, and East Kentucky Networks.

Steven K. Berry, President & CEO of Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), says: “Many rural and regional operators in the United States are challenged with offering their customers robust wireless services while operating efficient and profitable networks. Ericsson, a long-time CCA member, continues to demonstrate a deep understanding of the regional operator space, and solutions like this one will help carriers to stay competitive with larger operators.”

Ericsson Network Management as a Service is offered from the Ericsson private telco cloud and manages performance, fault and configuration for physical and virtual functions across multiple radio technologies, core and IP. It exposes them in a unified manner to an operator’s existing operational support ecosystems.

Operators that move network management to this service model realize the benefits of Ericsson’s traditional Network Manager, such as high capacity, superior network performance, accelerated time to market and operations efficiency. In addition, they gain the benefits of cloud-based systems, including reduced complexity, lower cost of ownership, predictable spend, enhanced security, guaranteed availability and perpetually modern network solutions.

Amy McCune, Head of Customer Unit Regional Carriers for Ericsson North America, says: “Ericsson’s Network Management as a Service allows regional operators to focus on their core business while offering their customers the services they expect. We have worked with regional operators for many years and have built a deep understanding of their business needs, making us a natural partner as they continue to evolve and modernize their networks.”

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