Network management systems capable of not only passive monitoring but also of active prediction capabilities are undergoing research and development. Work on prediction mechanisms for mobile communication networks is also underway. The method used by standards-based network management systems to cope with these two developments have been discussed in this paper.
Characteristics of a predictive network management system have been presented. The Rapidly Deployable Radio Network mobile communications system is used as an example of a predictive mobile communications network. The interaction between the predictive capabilities of these two systems has been discussed.