The effectiveness of a CSPs RAN capacity management program can be a significant differentiator in terms of network quality and profitability. Network traffic continues to grow exponentially. Yet for most CSPs revenue growth is flat or almost flat. To maintain profit margins requires CAPEX spent on network capacity upgrades to be aligned with revenues and not traffic.
AROUND 25% OF CAPACITY IS UNDERUTILIZED
In a recent strategy report Analysis Mason highlighted a further issue: “Around 25% of the capacity of most operators is underutilized at any one time, which is very costly.” They identified a lack of planning and optimization agility, uncertainty about required capacity and difficulty moving capacity around as key causes of this. Yet even with 25% of excess capacity in the network, pockets of serious congestion still exist and these damage subscriber experience.