Track 1: Access Network Advances

Applying an Integrated Access Network Transformation Planning Methodology

September 25, 2019 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

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Luc Absillis



Multitude of access technology options are available to service providers to offer state-of-the-art broadband services. These options are forcing operators to face increasingly complex deployment choices. Planning deployments with a short-term vision or using a blanket guidance will result in suboptimal solutions selection with regrettable investments. This is particularly true in planning network expansion deployments such as onboarding greenfield areas. Creating a long-term predictive network transformation plan is a multidimensional problem of balancing demand drivers, introducing best possible access technologies with budgetary and operational constraints. This planning is influenced by customer broadband needs, capacity constraints, corporate strategy, competition, and technology innovation. Such a complex plan needs to be detailed preferably at access node level granularity while keeping end to end strategic integrity. In the past, technology upgrade paths were straightforward and well defined within an access technology family. New advances in access network technologies combined with access network convergence trends are pushing operators to venture into considering alternative access solutions. Knowing that access network infrastructure is deployed with a long shelf life demands that any selection or definition process incorporates a long-term transformation evaluation. This seminar introduces the best practices in long term predictive transformation planning and how they can be applied to evaluating and comparing access network advancement strategies.