SON technology, according to SNS, eliminates the manual configuration of network elements at the time of deployment. This minimizes the lifecycle cost of running a mobile network, and it improves network performance.
Previously, SON has been used in LTE and heterogeneous network (HetNet) deployments. In these deployments the technology accelerates service rollout, simplifies network upgrades, and improves call quality. Initially, it was built to streamline cellular RAN deployment and optimization. However, the addition of new capabilities is extending the scope of SON to include both mobile core and transport network segments, making the technology applicable to 5G use cases.
Particularly, SNS says that SON will help to enable network slicing, spectrum management, predictive resource allocation, and automated deployment of 5G virtualized network functions (VNFs).