Autonomous Driving Networks (ADN) is a Huawei initiative focused at enabling the efficient and automatic delivery and management of networks and services. ADN aims to deliver simplification, automation and intelligence to CSPs enabling them to become digital service providers. Huawei, working with the TMForum, are promoting the idea of autonomous networks as the future operating model for CSP and enterprise networks.
At each ADN step, key activities move from being manual to being semi-automated and then fully automated. This is underpinned by the move of systems from being monolithic siloes, to increasingly autonomous and independent services. At each step more functions within a telco become automated and capable of autonomous operation. The movement to a fully autonomous network will require major effort by CSPs and their suppliers. Huawei is aiming, through ADN, to be a catalyst for this change.
ADN is built on two pillars that enable automation:
- The iMaster suite of products providing network management and control capability
- A simplified network which has been optimized to remove protocol layers and therefore toenable management simplification.
iMaster suite has 3 layers, with 4 technology-specific self-managing (closed loop) domains, including:
- iMaster MAE provides network automation management of mobile networks
- iMaster NCE provides network automation management of fixed networks
- iMaster AUTIN provides network automation management of cross network domain services
- iMaster NAIE provides an AI infrastructure that consumes data from network and service management and provides policy and models that can be deployed to the management platforms and even to devices.