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SON deployments and key trends 2014 to 2020 published June 2016

Updated in May 2016 – Published June 2016
Rethink Technology Research—Optimization
Module 1: Self Organizing Network market forecast, titled SON deployments and key trends 2014-2020
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This report was based on surveys conducted by Caroline Gabriel through January to March 2016, it includes results from historical surveys and presents market forecasts though to 2020.
SON can stand for Self Organizing Networks or Self Optimizing Networks, and both will be critical in making the dense HetNet commercially viable. The more elements are deployed in a RAN, the more impractical it becomes to configure and manage them all manually, so automation will be a critical way to enable densification as well as free up manual resources for more complex functions that can improve quality of experience.
This module provides a clear picture of the evolution of Self Organizing Networks from its current limited base – mainly in 3G macrocells, or in limited functions embedded in small cells – to a future in the mainstream of MNO strategy.It is analyzed as a percentage of mobile operators’ investment in network software, which is broken down by the main tools and services, in terms of dollar spend and deployment numbers, and by region.

Self Organizing Network market forecasts over the next five years are broken down by the type of network technology and site size, and by the Self Organizing Network architectures adopted (distributed, centralized and hybrid). There are also detailed forecasts, with accompanying commentary, focused on the main SON use cases which will be adopted by MNOs up to 2020.

SON Deployments and key trends 2014-2020

Table 1 Annual investment in SON tools and services compared to total in RAN software
Table 2 MNOs initiating projects or major upgrades in SON, compared to all RAN software
Table 3 LTE and multimode macro and small cells total installed base (sites)
Table 4 Macro and small cells sites with SON capabilities
Table 5 Small cell instlled base by spectrum layer
Table 6 Small cell SON by spectrum layer
Table 7 Small cell installed base by density
Table 8 Small cell with Son by density
Table 9 Sites with SON capabilities, by technology
Table 10 Sites with SON capabilities, by SON hardware
Table 11 Sites with SON capabilities, by region
Table 12 SON use case priorities 2015—2020
Table 13 Inhouse vs hosted SON deployments
Table 14 Primary MNO reasons to deploy SON