A network transformation plan is a well-defined plan that can squeeze out the most from a next-generation network investment made by a service provider. To create a flexible service-layer architectural plan five important steps are advised by the networking experts across the globe.
Following these five steps would take you ahead towards an effective NGN transformation plan.
- Selecting a specific target for your NGN service
Today we can see a huge difference between the service environment that were observed in the past and that of the present. What we can see is the temporariness of the commitments by the customers towards the current paradigms of service. The primary voice and connectivity services offered by the phone providers used to have a longer tenure.
If history has proved that committing to a rigid NGN service strategy was wrong, then the best alternative is to frame service-layer architecture with as much flexibility as possible. Moreover, this architecture should be able to combine service features along with different delivery options like wire line, wireless, TV, phone, computer and the like. The service providers who offer NGNs must make sure of the fact that the profit can be earned by providing any of these services flexibly, and never by simply transporting traffic.
- Reframing Network Operations
In the second phase of this transformation, the NGN service set would start differing much more than the old one consisting of temporary-contract-based services but with much bigger marketing prospects. The next generation network transformation plan would strictly rule out any place for inefficiency while carrying out any service operations.
- Classification of service opportunities
To start with the basic categories of the customers like the residential, corporates and small business, the nature of the service, the value of the proposition will vary for the services each customer avails, like hosting, data exchange, communication, collaboration, software and computer outsourcing and so on. For each kind of opportunity element included within the structure, a total target of the prospective customers should be created and used to set the final service opportunities they plan to provide.
- Identifying the implications of the infrastructure
The aim of NGN transformation is not to start a plan for every piece of equipment used so far or the technologies that used to organize the operative modes, but to group the different opportunities on the basis of the infrastructure investments that are required to support them. And all this is to make the co-dependencies easily identified.
- Creating an NGN transformation plan
The fifth and final stage is a methodology to be executed towards the facts that are identified by the above said steps. Simultaneously, the improvement measures involved to address the related groups of opportunity needs to be explored. All this together would help in developing a plan that would work best for the later investments and deployment of services.
Finally, the service providers need to remember that each NGN program would have a different color in which every operator must have accomplished some of the tasks that are originally associated with these steps that have been described here.