iGR: SONs are rising with LTE

Mobile networks are rapidly getting more complex, soon to be rife with LTE macro base stations, small cells, metro cells, pico cells, femtocells, and some of them integrated with Wi-Fi or WiMAX. All of that suggests a network landscape that could use a little organizing and optimizing, and research firm iGR Inc. said this week that is exactly what will lead to greater adoption of Self-Organizing Network (SON) solutions, which are based on 3GPP standard Releases 8, 9, 10 and 11. The firm has a new study, "Impact of Self Optimizing Networks on U.S. LTE Infrastructure, 2011 - 2016," that looks at how network management is migrating from a centralized concept to something of a hybrid, partially centralized and partially decentralized configuration. This will happen as SONs simplify legacy standard operational tasks via automated triggers for self-configuration, self-optimization, and self-management functions. Benefits will include better integration between 2G, 3G and 4G network elements co-existing with one another, as well as scalability and robustness, iGR said. Check out the iGR press release for more