5G networks bring high expectations of performance and availability. Successfully troubleshooting 5G SA, leveraging adaptive data collection and full RAN-to-core visibility, is key to accelerating the deployment of differentiated 5G services that meet demanding consumer and industry expectations.
Troubleshooting 5G standalone means navigating complex environments comprised of physical, virtualized and cloud-native components in the context of dynamic network and service topologies. Data pulled from multiple sources (network functions, infrastructure and probes) must be knitted together to provide real-time end-to-end visibility and support root cause analysis.
Control plane (CP) and user plane (UP) separation make it difficult to relate the network layer with the service layer. Troubleshooting 5G standalone requires a new set of cloud-native tools that can monitor sessions across CP and UP, capturing events, traces and xDRs from RAN-to-core in real-time and correlating them together for actionable insight.
5G promises an explosion of devices and new levels of bandwidth (eMBB) and responsiveness (URLLC). Maintaining service quality while delivering on enterprise SLAs will be key to market adoption and 5G financial success. Being able to rapidly detect issues and quickly correlate them with service quality and subscriber impact is essential to successful 5G troubleshooting.
5G SA networks will host a wide range of applications and devices reliant on mission critical connectivity and edge computing. Keeping a clear view of the UX of each user and device–and maintaining 5G RAN and core network performance–is the new challenge for operations and engineering teams. However, only 2% think their current service assurance systems are enough. (GSMA Mobile World Live survey, 2021).
5G standalone demands new troubleshooting tools across multiple data sources for timely, actionable insight.
There is a new cloud-native approach for troubleshooting 5G standalone that offers full end-to-end visibility, that leverages adaptive data collection to reduce the need for compute, storage and network resources while promoting real-time insight, and that correlates network performance and the user experience across user and control planes with rich metrics and xDRs.
EXFO’s solutions for troubleshooting 5G standalone enable service providers to deliver on the promise of 5G.
Successful 5G service assurance enables service providers to accelerate the deployment of 5G SA and bring to market the use cases that generate the new revenues counted upon to fund network expansion
Troubleshooting 5G standalone requires tools that can cut across network generations, including 3G/4G/5G NSA as well as VoLTE and IMS, to surface the right data needed to analyze and resolve customer-impacting service impairments. Real-time visibility of 5G SA performance provides the confidence to deploy new 5G use cases.
Rapidly identify and resolve QoE issues with per-subscriber drilldown to detailed call traces correlated with network events, geolocated insights and user plane KQIs. Automatically identify the most customer-impacting events and prioritize them for resolution.
Leverage detailed live or historical multi-dimensional troubleshooting across control and user planes, 5G and 4G networks–from RAN-to-core, network to subscriber–to restore service faster.
With the ability to quickly identify service impairments and the tools at hand to drill-down to their root cause from RAN to core via live and historical data, now more than ever service providers can launch new 5G use cases with confidence.
Adaptive service assurance reduces the cost of compute, storage and telemetry of traditional approaches by up to 90% while maintaining comprehensive RAN to core visibility for in-depth, automated troubleshooting.