Network Configuration Management

What is telecom Network Configuration Management?

Comarch Network Configuration Management enables service providers to automate network provisioning for all network domains. It is a solution that manages configuration in a manner that goes beyond the traditional radio access network (RAN) approach, implementing network provisioning in the transmission, core and access domains too.

Comarch Network Configuration Management software is fully integrated with Inventory Planning & Design, which allows the planning and configuration loop to be closed and automates the complete end to end fulfillment process. Thanks to the built-in reconciliation capability, Comarch’s telecom network configuration management solution allows live network provisioning based on information that is accurate, complete and up to date. This information itself is delivered in real time, based on data derived directly from the operating network – thus allowing sharply focused network provisioning that keeps pace with network changes and demands.

The CM role has been shifted, as it is an important product for the fulfillment of zero touch network & service management. This means support for the full lifecycle of network devices and network functions. In particular, the product helps to automate the on-boarding process, so that when new devices and network functions (both VNFs and PNFs) are introduced the appropriate models and APIs are registered in the resource catalog. The onboarded models and APIs are then used to automate the configuration process which is required to connect the on-boarded elements.

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The main modules of Comarch Network Configuration Management are:

Comarch Network Configuration Management software is fully integrated with the Network Auto-discovery & Reconciliation module, which automatically retrieves the current status of the network. Thanks to built-in mechanisms allowing auto-acceptance of plans, live view in Network Inventory Management is updated daily as the entry point for efficient and flawless planning and configuration management.
The product can be implemented as part of a broader solution for network planning and upgrading – Comarch Network Planning & Design.
  • Smart Plans Management
  • Consistency Checks
  • Automated Load Files Generation
This functionality allows dependencies between upcoming plans to be found during one particular day of integration. Dependencies can come from manual “engineering” plans or from automated, SON tool generated plans. Smart Plans Management is a Policy Management mechanism that reduces the dependencies and possible failures that have a significant impact on costs during integration.
This functionality has a built-in set of vendor and technology specific validation rules. It is also possible to specify customer specific business rules.
This functionality generates load files in vendor specific syntax. These can then be applied to the network automatically with standard 3GPP interfaces.

Mobile Network Configuration Management - Comarch Solution Benefits

  1. 01 One multi-vendor and multi-domain configuration platform
  2. Enables the configuration of a multi-vendor, multi-domain network to be managed, thanks to integration with Comarch OSS Mediation. Supports both mobile and fixed network configuration management in one system, enabling efficient fixed mobile convergence and eliminating technological silos in the architecture.
  3. 02 Simplification of the provisioning process
  4. Hides the complexity of NE vendor-specific network configuration management, leveraging pre-integration with Comarch Network Inventory Management. Automates translation of high-level network planning to vendor-specific reconfiguration, thus shortening the end to end planning in the configuration management process.
  5. 03 Improved customer experience
  6. When pre-integrated with Comarch NGNP, it implements the closed-loop process (plan, upgrade, verify, re-plan), thus shortening the time needed to provide good customer experience for network-based services.
  7. 04 Shorter time to market
  8. Flexible network modeling mechanism and configuration templates assure extendibility for future network technologies.
  9. 05 Umbrella configuration management – integrated with SON
  10. Smart Plans Management plays a policy management role between manual and automated plans coming from SON. The system automatically recognizes and resolves conflicts between the plans, which leads to the elimination of errors within the network provisioning process. The reconciliation mechanism allows smart plans to accept manual and automated SON-related changes in the network.
  11. 06 Reduced Costs
  12. Thanks to a future-proof system, architecture and integration within Comarch OSS Suite, this is one more module in the umbrella OSS concept, which leads to cost reductions due to the decommissioning of several legacy systems and their migration into one OSS.
  13. 07 Configuration Management – integrated with SDN
  14. Comarch OSS supports in one system configuration of a standard IP network and integration with SDN controller. It allows to maintain current IP network and extend solution with SDN features. Integration with SDN controllers can also maintain the real time inventory using Comarch Discovery and Reconciliation module.

One multi-vendor and multi-domain configuration platform

Enables the configuration of a multi-vendor, multi-domain network to be managed, thanks to integration with Comarch OSS Mediation. Supports both mobile and fixed network configuration management in one system, enabling efficient fixed mobile convergence and eliminating technological silos in the architecture.

Simplification of the provisioning process

Hides the complexity of NE vendor-specific network configuration management, leveraging pre-integration with Comarch Network Inventory Management. Automates translation of high-level network planning to vendor-specific reconfiguration, thus shortening the end to end planning in the configuration management process.

Improved customer experience

When pre-integrated with Comarch NGNP, it implements the closed-loop process (plan, upgrade, verify, re-plan), thus shortening the time needed to provide good customer experience for network-based services.

Shorter time to market

Flexible network modeling mechanism and configuration templates assure extendibility for future network technologies.

Umbrella configuration management – integrated with SON

Smart Plans Management plays a policy management role between manual and automated plans coming from SON. The system automatically recognizes and resolves conflicts between the plans, which leads to the elimination of errors within the network provisioning process. The reconciliation mechanism allows smart plans to accept manual and automated SON-related changes in the network.

Reduced Costs

Thanks to a future-proof system, architecture and integration within Comarch OSS Suite, this is one more module in the umbrella OSS concept, which leads to cost reductions due to the decommissioning of several legacy systems and their migration into one OSS.

Configuration Management – integrated with SDN

Comarch OSS supports in one system configuration of a standard IP network and integration with SDN controller. It allows to maintain current IP network and extend solution with SDN features. Integration with SDN controllers can also maintain the real time inventory using Comarch Discovery and Reconciliation module.

 

Comarch Network Configuration Management key features:

  • The CM module can configure network elements using various techniques

The CM module utilizes many technologies to implement changes to network elements. It can communicate with them directly via command line interface, SNMP or NETCONF. It can also utilize the northbound interface to various vendor-specific network management systems using CORBA, MTOSI, WebService or RESTCONF.

  • The CM module can configure multiple technologies

The Comarch CM module supports multiple telecommunication technologies, such as IP, MPLS, DWDM, SDH and 2G/3G/4G radio networks. All devices in the network can be configured from a single point – the Comarch OSS console.

  • Change control mechanism

The Comarch CM module records and stores all changes. This allows for effective troubleshooting and fast implementation of rollback plans.
Each change introduced to the network is recorded, with all configuration details available on demand. The changes can be saved as templates for future actions.

  • The CM allows simultaneous configuration of multiple elements

Multiple network elements can be configured at the same time with very limited effort. This allows the rapid introduction of global changes to the network, such as those in the default setting, and swift activation of new features.

 

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  • As part of Telefónica's strategy, our network and operation support systems play a crucial role as enablers of the services we provide to our clients. Implementing Comarch Next Generation Network Planning is a major step towards improving the efficiency of network planning and optimization processes in our subsidiaries in Latin America. Comarch was chosen as it has already proven to be a trusted partner of the Telefónica Group in Europe, and shown a great degree of flexibility in meeting our needs. The current implementation will provide an integration platform for a best of breed OSS solution, unified and reused across the group.

    José González Díaz, Director of Transformation & OSS, Global CTO at Telefónica S.A. 

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