IG1251 Autonomous Networks – Reference Architecture v1.0.0

The Autonomous Network will be intent-driven, context-aware, and guided by knowledge and intelligence. Autonomous Domains provide the modular building blocks for CSPs to assemble these hierarchical self-governing networks. This guide introduces the AN Reference Architecture and provides realization scenarios instantiating the architecture as described. The architecture is defined at a functional level with the identification of external reference points, namely:

  • I interactions between operational layers
  • F interactions between autonomous domains within layers
  • K interactions between automation domains at a given layer and a knowledge and intelligence platform

The important interfaces required at each reference point have been defined, with standardization work on intent-driven interfaces and AI closed loop management already underway.  A complete implementation of the reference architecture is not simply achieved in one project or iteration but rather can be achieved step-by-step – starting with a single domain at a time and then building cross-domain coordination until you ultimately achieve a full Autonomous Network.

General Information

Document series: IG1251
Document version: 1.0.0
Status: TM Forum Approved
Document type: Introductory Guide
Team approved: 28-May-2021
IPR mode: RAND
TM Forum Approved: 23-Jul-2021
Date modified: 26-Jul-2021