Ericsson has released a streamlined network build process dubbed Accelerated Network Build to deliver increased speed, quality and predictability which operators need to build future networks.
The solution features a cloud-based toolkit with automisation and streamlined processes, allowing a quicker return on investment for operators. Furthermore it provides minimal impact to operators' customers, but improves coverage, capacity and an enhanced experience.
The Accelerated Network Build solution aims to reduce build time by 50%, reduce the number of visits by 70% and improved predictability with 99% first-time right delivery.
Part of the solution is Ericsson's Network Deployment Delivery Platform, a cloud-based delivery platform for build services. Building on the delivery platform is a two-phased deployment approach, including an offsite preparation phase and a single execution phase where activities are conducted concurrently on site.
Optimised supply flow reduces the time needed on site and remote tools and activities can take real-time control of the rollout. This facilitates a faster build and removes the need for additional site visits to meet quality compliance.
Michael Sullivan-Trainor, executive analyst at Technology Business Research (TBR) Telecom Practice, said: "Fast time to revenue and reduced cost is a must have right now - it's a pain point for operators that needs to be solved with innovation. New technologies are going to make things even more complex and it's very timely that Ericsson is addressing how to fix the infrastructure deployment model now, both for today and for tomorrow when 5G and the Internet of Things will come."
According to the Ericsson Mobility Report, 5G subscription uptake is projected to be faster than previous generations with over half a billion 5G subscriptions by the end of 2022. Internet of Things (IoT) devices are also set to skyrocket, passing mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices as early as 2018.