MWC ZTE has a firm belief that, in the telecoms industry, AI automation has a crucial role to play – and that impending 5G networks will bank very much on the capabilities of AI for operational support as well as management of infrastructure and business functions.
The company also believes that ‘AI for operations’ represents a bigger opportunity for providers of telecom services to occupy a top position in the future market.
These beliefs are at the root of the release of a whitepaper titled "Expediting AI for Operations in the Networks of Future" issued by ZTE in partnership with market research company IDC. In the whitepaper, ZTE and IDC projected that by 2020 enterprises that are capable of analysing all relevant data and delivering actionable information will get an extra $430 billion in productivity perks over their less analytical counterparts.
Sensing a hyper-connective future, ZTE invested many years of its research and development on big data and AI into the uSmartInsight platform to help its customers across numerous sectors speed up AI operationalisation. ZTE says that for operators of future 5G networks harnessing AI will become a compulsion. Among the three primary functional areas for main application prospects, network operation will be the immediate area for AI-based automation for value creation, while network configuration, orchestration and optimisation will derive the most benefit from AI in the 5G context.
In the meantime, at Mobile World Congress 2018, ZTE and InfoVista formed a strategic partnership for the general availability of an application-aware SD-WAN solution. The SD-WAN solution provides a single unified branch gateway which integrates routing, overlay, zero-touch management and service orchestration from ZTE with InfoVista’s application visibility, application QoS control, application session routing and WAN optimisation.
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