What future challenges do networks really face? Over the next five years we can almost certainly expect a strong growth in the number of mobile users, business digitisation demands, Internet of Things (IoT) connections, and mobile video consumption. Though future traffic projections suggest a positive equivalent growth in ARPU, we are yet to bear witness to it.
The pressure has already begun to build on service providers as they begin to prepare for the next wave of network speed, extensive architectural transformation involving programmability and automation. All of which proves vital in the efforts to support future capabilities and prospective innovations, including the evolution of enterprise services, 5G, and IoT.
In anticipation of this, Orange says they knew they could reduce CapEx and OpEx by implementing new architectures on platforms ready for mass-scale networking and automating a large number of tasks and operations. The company, therefore, has taken the initiative to improve its business efficiency by deploying the Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) software platform to its current and future network. Orange say that this will act as a foundation for infrastructure programmability and automating method of procedure (MOP) operations and customer-facing services.
As a key technology enabler, Cisco NSO plan to assist Orange and its subsidiaries realise a series of new benefits, including:
- Providing a highly efficient abstraction layer between network services and the underlying infrastructure components, even in complex, heterogeneous environments
- Reducing service activation times from days to hours and dramatically increase TTM for critical service offerings
- Automating its service lifecycles and reducing manual configuration steps by up to 90% across the spectrum of mobile and enterprise networks, including zero-touch provisioning of network devices
- Empowering Orange teams along their journey towards SDN and NFV through use of an open, modern programmable platform
- Reducing failed service activations and network issues by removing risk of human error
“Cisco’s model-driven approach to network automation and service orchestration is enabling Orange to drastically speed up the delivery of services across our entire lifecycles,” said Christian Gacon, vice president, Wireline Networks and Infrastructure, Orange. “This global deployment of Cisco NSO also provides us with uniform configuration management tools and consumable network APIs for business applications and customer self-service portals.”
“Visionary service providers like Orange recognise the value network automation and SDN offer to drive innovation in their markets,” said Yves Padrines, vice president, global service provider EMEAR, Cisco. “Cisco’s network automation software and product portfolio enables carriers to simplify their operations through sophisticated data analysis and proactive control to help them continue to deliver superior customer experiences without interruption.”