Cisco SONFlex Helps VodafoneZiggo
Ready for 5G with RAN Automation
December 5, 2018
plans to execute on a radio access network (RAN) automation strategy
using the Cisco SON (self-organizing network) platform for VodafoneZiggo.
VodafoneZiggo is now deploying the new Cisco SONFlex Suite, building on
its existing deployment of Cisco SON applications across its network to
manage all RAN technologies including 2G, 3G, long-term evolution (LTE,
or 4G) and ultimately 5G.
The move marks a new milestone in VodafoneZiggo’s automation strategy,
as it shifts from traditional network-focused optimization solutions to
an approach of customer-centric SON-based automation solutions. Using
SONFlex APIs and infrastructure, it can take advantage of many more
external data sources, and take its RAN automation to the next level to
maximize network assets, decrease costs per bit and improve the overall
customer experience with superior voice quality.
Cisco SONFlex Suite is enabling VodafoneZiggo to develop and deploy its
own SON applications, independent from the core Cisco SON platform to
improve operational practices and launch new services faster.
“VodafoneZiggo is the lead OpCo within the Vodafone Group for the
rollout of Cisco SON,”said Matthias Sauder, director, Mobile Networks,
VodafoneZiggo. “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
is pioneering RAN automation as the first European service provider to
simplify its network with Cisco SONFlex,” said Alon Peleg, general
manager, Cisco SON. “Importantly, it is shifting from an
‘off-the-shelf-product’ approach and gaining full creativity and
autonomy to develop its own customized apps for faster time to market.”
Cisco is leading the disruption in the industry with its technology
innovations in routing, 5G, subscriber experience (mobile, cable,
fixed), automation, optical and optics. Together with its portfolio of
professional services, Cisco enables service providers, media and web
companies to reduce cost and complexity, helps scale and secure their
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