Mobile Backhaul Management

Inventory data - 70% more reliable
First time EVC turnup - from 20% to 90%+ success
45% reduction in alarm triage time

As service providers accelerate 4G rollouts, the impact of TDM to Ethernet transformation is being felt in mobile backhaul, where 40%+ of network investment occurs. This technology transformation has an impact on virtually every operational system and process – 120 days to turn up an Ethernet circuit, highly manual and error-prone ordering processes, 80%+ of cell sites often failing inventory audits. With approximately 1 million events per minute being generated by operational tools, mobile service providers are challenged to get an accurate and actionable view of Ethernet transport services, including those provided by third party alternate access providers.

CENX Ethernet Lifecycle Manager for Mobile Backhaul

CENX Ethernet Lifecycle Manager addresses the operational challenges of TDM to Ethernet transformation in the mobile backhaul network. It is the industry’s first software solution focused uniquely on orchestrating Ethernet transport services both within the service provider network and off-net services to improve the integrity of Ethernet inventory, accelerate the build out of Ethernet services to improve time to revenue, deliver ongoing performance monitoring and management that maximizes service uptime.

The modularity of the CENX solution allows you to augment with different solution modules as your needs evolve beyond inventory integrity assurance, to backhaul build-out and implementation, to end-to-end performance monitoring and management of your backhaul network.

Unique Solution Value for Mobile Backhaul Networks
Network Operations Maximize network uptime - isolate faults quickly and reduce MTTR
Network Build/Implementation Accelerate service turn-up - automated ordering, configuration
Network Planning Reduce CAPEX - comprehensive data analytics for just-in-time capacity planning
Vendor Management Reduce access costs - manage vendor SLAs; secure penalties faster
Future Proof Solution Extensible to new and developing topologies including dark fiber, small cell, video/VDSL and new generation SDN

At-a-Glance

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  • Continuous data audit is designed to provide data integrity for all Ethernet assets. Clean audited data can be repopulated into the primary inventory system using the automated reconciliation module, ensuring that your inventory system becomes a single and trusted source of data.
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  • Unique end-to-end service visualization of aggregation and cell sites in geographical topology and virtual circuit path views, including those provided by 3rd party access providers. It delivers network operations teams a consolidated actionable view of service availability, service performance, inventory data and ordering system status – all in a single pane, that saves time and accelerates operational issues resolution.
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  • Automated ordering accelerates time to revenue by automating key ordering processes between service providers and access vendors and minimizing error-prone manual processes. Automated processes include identification and selection of access vendors, order submission to access providers, and order tracking to determine when circuits are delivered and ready for configuration and test.
  • Automated provisioning improves accuracy of services provisioning and accelerates service turn-up with automated configuration of network equipment. It features auto-generation of configuration information for network elements for consistent and accurate provisioning of the network, and automated initiation of turn-up tests.
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  • Real-time Troubleshooting provides immediate access in a single screen, to near real-time state and monitoring data, enabling rapid fault isolation, sectionalization and significantly reduced alarm triage time – in a few minutes. It leverages extensive analytics to isolate faults to root-cause domains so that immediate corrective action can be taken, with internal teams or with access vendors. By monitoring per class of service thresholds, network operations can quickly identify issues impacting critical applications ie. VoLTE, and vendor SLA performance.
  • A critical tool for network planning groups, network analytics helps manage CAPEX and plan network capacity, with comprehensive utilization metrics across multiple data sources. by monitoring both traffic levels and performance metrics (historical and near real-time), it leverages analytics and correlation to provide the intelligence needed for supporting cost-efficient network growth.
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  • Using SLA management, vendor management teams get access to constant, normalized measurement of the performance of each service against its SLA criteria, including rapid response to issues. The CENX solution monitors and calculates frame delay, inter-frame delay variation, frame loss ratio, and availability as defined in Service Level Agreements on a per virtual connection basis, and features near real-time and historical reporting on a per access vendor basis. Detailed service performance monitoring accelerates SLA penalty recovery and ensures higher quality of service for customers.