VIAVI Solutions recently announced the introduction of NITRO Mobile, a family of solutions delivering network intelligence, assurance and optimization to service providers. As mobile operators confront traffic and bandwidth demand growth, increasing competition and the advent of new technologies including 5G and IoT, they require automated, virtualized and scalable means to manage their networks. NITRO Mobile answers the call with a subscriber-centric approach, delivering geo-located, app-aware insight for peak performance. This launch further expands the portfolio of solutions based on the VIAVI NITRO real-time intelligence platform.

According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index, global mobile data traffic is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 47 percent through 2021. In that timeframe, traditional mobile communications will increasingly contend for network resources with IoT devices, with both types of connections requiring different network characteristics. In response, mobile service providers must build ultra-dense, massively scalable, automated networks that can deliver intelligent, low-latency, high-bandwidth services. These large, complex networks are difficult to test, and challenging to monitor.

Taking a subscriber-centric approach, NITRO Mobile captures, locates and analyzes all mobile events across the RAN and core, and correlates them by location and application, providing operators with insight to optimize the customer experience and drive new revenue streams. Automated intelligence enables context-driven workflows for faster troubleshooting, identifying parameters and related KPIs to quickly and efficiently uncover the root cause of service-specific issues. The NITRO Mobile family of solutions comprises NITRO Mobile Intelligence, NITRO Mobile Assurance and NITRO Mobile Optimization.

Specific applications of NITRO Mobile include:

  • Assuring subscriber quality of experience (QoE) on individual services requiring distinct resources or parameters from the network
  • Providing deep insight into devices, locations, services and usage of IoT connections to minimize impact on the overall customer base
  • Optimizing C-RAN by correlating data from the RAN, core, front-/backhaul and the air interface to deliver intelligence throughout the network lifecycle
  • Developing new revenue streams through monetization of the rich analytics set made available to marketers.

“Today’s service providers need more than just network monitoring. Learning, intelligence and automation are crucial to enabling service assurance as networks evolve to 5G,” said Patrick Kelly, Principal Analyst, Appledore Research Group. “With the growing use of narrowband IoT, AI and machine learning over the next few years, comprehensive analytics and insight will allow service providers to manage increasingly complex network and service ecosystems, from deployment through delivery of services.”

“NITRO Mobile leverages the scale and virtualization of VIAVI probes, agents and instruments to optimize mobile networks and services with greater automation, real-time analytics and next-generation assurance,” said Steve Urvik, Vice President and General Manager, Visibility, Intelligence and Analytics, VIAVI Solutions. “Increasing automation of workflows and service lifecycles, combined with real-time data, delivers the vital tools that mobile operators need to confidently evolve to future networks and address the challenges of virtualized and hybrid network environments.”