So why the excitement about digital twin now?

Digital twins in telecommunications is still at an early stage of maturity. This report encourages both CSPs and vendors to investigate and deploy digital twins. Digital twins can address the massively increased complexity of software defined networks and 5G. These networks have order of magnitude more parameters and are very dynamic making them harder to characterize. The ability to model and simulate complex networks will allow automation of existing network optimization processes and increased agility for these processes. For example, planning and capacity management processes can become proactive, aligned with service growth and occurring on an iterative basis. Current processes are offline static processes with reactive management of capacity and reliant on individual experts. All of this will have direct impact on the capital and operational costs of CSPs


Francis Haysom



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