Concept and Background

28.3173GPPManagement and orchestrationRelease 18Self-configuration of Radio Access Network Entities (RAN NEs)TS

4.1 Background

Establishment of a new RAN NE in network by an autonomous way can greatly improve the efficiency of RAN deployment. It referes to the procedure of a new RAN NE automatically establishing when it is powered up and connects to the IP network, which includes:

– Plug and connect to management system

– Self-Configuration

Plug and connect to management system has been specified in TS 28.314 [X]. This document mainly focuses on Self-Configuration.

Editor’s Note: there might be some external/additional data is needed for Self configuration, which is FFS.

4.2 Self-configuration

RAN NE can be taken to a state ready to carry traffic using self-configuration in an automated manner. Self-configuration may include following processes: generate the RAN NE configuration data, download and activate software, download and active configuration data, self-test and update network resource model, etc.

4.3 Self-configuration management

Self-configuration management capability is needed to monitor the self-configuration process and provide the operator with this information (e.g. progress information). In addition, it allows the operator to control the execution of the self-configuration process.

Figure 4.3 Example of deployment scenario for Self-configuration management