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The quantitative benefits of IP network automation

A study from Analysys Mason based on operator data

Automation makes for a smooth operator. With network automation, you can accelerate time to revenue, save operational costs and increase network resiliency by significantly reducing labor time on manual workloads, frequency of human error, and order fallout.

But how do you measure those tangible benefits for your IP network?

In our study, discover how much impactful cost and time you can save via gradual implementation of network automation, and learn how to prioritize your investment with the incredible insights of operators in the know. 

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Overall benefits of network automation



“Our study shows clear benefits at the domain layer, and we highly recommend operators to automate network management processes for their IP services. The Nokia NSP can help reap the benefits of automation."

Larry Goldman, Chief Analyst and Project Director, Analysys Mason


Quantitative benefits from network automation at the domain controller layer have been estimated for an operator providing IP services.

Analysys Mason has modelled the benefits based on data points collected from operators on their network automation results and strategy.


Operators can expect 65% cost avoidance

The study shows that operators can avoid 65% of operational costs by automating service fulfilment, network lifecycle management, and network and service assurance. Cost avoidance results from the reduction of labor time, order fallout and errors provided by automated processes   

Automation accelerates service fulfillment  

The automation of service fulfillment processes with the use of templates and standard scenarios can bring significant benefits.  

  • The provisioning processes benefit from a significant reduction in the manual labor time required to create and activate new services, and significantly fewer errors resulting from order fallout and human error.
  • Service modification processes achieve a similar benefit, avoiding employees to manually delete the service and then create & activate it with the new configuration.
  • The deletion process has a smaller impact. However, further costs can be avoided with automation by improving the accuracy of the process, alleviating the need for equipment audits to ensure services have been deleted correctly.

Automation reduces the manual workloads for network lifecycle management

Network lifecycle management processes related to the network equipment will significantly reduce the manual workloads for the provisioning and upgrade of equipment.  

  • The benefits of provisioning the equipment are primarily achieved through the automation of network discovery processes, and automatic configuration of equipment and base services infrastructure.
  • Automation of the router software upgrades also delivers significant benefits, driven by the automation of the pre-check and post-check audits that are typically heavy on manual work.
  • Service migrations involving the provisioning of the new service at the destination and removal of the old configuration are another area that operators can automate through the domain controller.

Automation increases network and service availability

Large benefits can be achieved through the automation of network and service assurance processes by enabling employees to identify and correlate faults and alarms, and implement the resolution significantly faster.

  • The labor time and costs required for alarm correlation processing can be significantly reduced or effectively removed entirely: automation reduces the number of tickets that will require a manual correlation, the frequency of human error and the time required to complete manual correlations.
  • The root cause analysis process has a significantly greater operational time and cost requirement and will also see a large benefit from automation. These benefits are driven by faster troubleshooting and triaging for issues that may be resolved remotely and those that require a truck roll. 

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Network automation makes for a smooth operator

Basel Elabed from du explains how our Network Service Platform has helped him deliver on current needs and plan for future challenges.

He also talks about our case study and validates network automation results in faster time to market and revenue and better revenue for the organization.