Dutch quad-play operator VodafoneZiggo is deploying the Cisco SONFlex platform for radio access network (RAN) automation, which it says will help ready it for 5G evolution. The new self-organising network (SON) solution builds on the operator’s existing deployment of Cisco SON applications across its network to manage all RAN technologies including 2G, 3G, 4G LTE and ultimately 5G. A press release says that using SONFlex APIs and infrastructure, VodafoneZiggo can ‘take advantage of many more external data sources and take its RAN automation to the next level to maximise network assets, decrease costs per bit and improve the overall customer experience with superior voice quality’. Matthias Sauder, director of mobile networks at VodafoneZiggo, said: ‘With Cisco SONFlex, we are now in a position to manage increasing network complexity with 5G on the horizon, improve operational efficiency and gain greater autonomy to develop a unique automation strategy.’ Alon Peleg, general manager for Cisco SON, added that VodafoneZiggo is ‘shifting from an off-the-shelf-product approach and gaining full creativity and autonomy to develop its own customised apps for faster time to market’.
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