In the TM Forum’s Catalyst project “Hybrid Network Orchestration Platform Use Cases”, NetYCE will demonstrate how to dramatically change the way operators can do business by means of closed-loop automation for hybrid networks and with seamless Assurance & OSS integration.

When: May 15-17th in Nice, France.
Catalyst Sponsors: BT & Rabobank. Participants: NetYCE, Monolith, and GDI.
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Networks are still bogged down by manual orchestration processes

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Communications service providers (CSPs) are desperately trying to reduce time to market for the development and deployment of new and existing services. They want to be able to automatically provision and orchestrate network and service changes across hybrid — physical/virtualized and wired/wireless — networks with orders and information coming from their OSS/BSS systems.

To do this they need to use flexible service modeling and network abstraction capabilities that require no software programming effort and that will work seamlessly with TM Forum’s Open APIs. They also need to be able to have service designers, engineers, and operators working together in one framework to:

  1. create or update network and service design models;
  2. create and maintain multi-vendor templates for all vendor equipment; and
  3. use an open API and/or web GUI to centrally deploy changes to the hybrid network with full transparency and traceability.

And all this within one framework that bridges gaps between existing OSS systems and the network. Engineers need to be able to create, modify and delete new network and service models and templates themselves – tasks that often require specialist programming or machine language skills. Ideally, current lead times to develop (or change) new services would be reduced from several weeks and customer services could be instant.
Hybrid network automation and orchestration is a global challenge for network operators (see our report on this here). TM Forum’s Zoom program has already identified this gap and focuses on helping members solve this. Now, a new Catalyst project called Hybrid Network Orchestration Platform Use Case aims to dramatically change the way operators do business by directly addressing the above issues.

The Catalyst has BT as its champion, supported by participants GDI, Monolith and NetYCE.

And what will change about the way CSPs do business as an outcome of the Catalyst?

  1. The lead-time from design to deploying new services will be significantly reduced from months to a maximum of three weeks, without the need for any software programming. Everything can be done by engineers within the user interface.
  2. Easy (automated) integration with OSS systems.
  3. Full automation and provisioning of new customers and service across hybrid multi-vendor networks.
  4. Full circle lifecycle change management, not only to provision new services but to also be able to de-activate, change, upgrade or migrate customers — all automated.
  5. Delegation of activities to helpdesk personnel and third party applications.

The Hybrid Network Orchestration Platform Use Case Catalyst will highlight an actual use case that was implemented in 2016 for a large cable service provider across their carrier ethernet, core, fiber and coax networks consisting of Ciena, Cisco and Huawei hardware and OSS integration from Cramer. It will be demonstrated at TM Forum Live! In Nice in May.

In this video, Wim Gerrits, CEO and founder of NetYCE, outlines the Catalyst’s objectives:

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