In the classic movie, The Graduate (1967), the protagonist is advised on career choices, “In one word - plastics.” If you were asked by a young person today, graduating with an engineering or similar degree about a career choice in telecommunications, would you think of responding, “network planning”? Well, probably not.
Why? Because… let’s face it. Planning has always been considered boring - one of those tasks that took place in the background at a leisurely pace. You started with existing traffic, created forecasts for growth, created a few network model variants based on current architectural approaches using a decade-old planning tool, and then produced management reports for capital budgeting purposes. Slow, predictable, little room for innovation. If you were starting a telecommunications career, it would be much better to focus on cutting-edge products that handle traffic faster and more efficiently.
This situation is beginning to change, for several reasons:
As a result, there is a definite shift in emphasis in telecommunications, from the products to the network. And even more, in being able to plan networks that meet all of the listed concerns, with confidence. This requires a fundamentally new approach to planning and planning tools, as follows:
Well, I think you get the idea. Network planning is becoming increasingly important, and even exciting. It is ready to take on a starring role and shine. In the spirit of Flashdance (1983) it will “take your passion, and make it happen.”
At ECI, we are taking these messages to heart with MuseTM Network Planner. Whether for greenfield or brownfield deployments, it works on real network data, creates plans and continuously optimizes, uses cutting-edge optimization algorithms, and features “what-if” simulation tools to predict how the network will react to unforeseen events.
Jonathan Homa, is Senior Director Portfolio Marketing at ECI for the last few years. Jonathan enjoys French beer in Nice and loves to discuss the 3 hottest topics in networking today: softwarization, virtualization and cloudification.