December 10, 2021

Ericsson unveils intelligent automation platform

Ericsson unveils intelligent automation platform

By Juliet Umeh

Technology firm,  Ericsson has launched Intelligent Automation Platform, a service management and orchestration product which enables any mobile network to be intelligently automated.

According to the company, while building on existing offerings including cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core and the Cloud RAN portfolio, it is adding the Ericsson Intelligent Automation Platform and a suite of rApps as a natural next step to build the networks of the future.

Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Digital Services, Ericsson, Jan Karlsson said that the solution facilitates artificial intelligent, AI and automation, which improves network performance, operational efficiency and customer experience to help create smarter networks.

Karlsson explains, “The cloud-native solution will work across new and existing 4G and 5G radio access networks, RAN, and will support diverse vendors and RAN technologies, including purpose-built and Open RAN.

“This will create greater choice for communications service providers, CSPs, as they evolve their networks.

“Ericsson’s investment in this platform is reflective of the company’s contributions to industry development of Open RAN technologies.

“Ericsson Intelligent Automation Platform automates the radio access network using AI and radio network applications (rApps) with different functionalities.

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“In a similar way to an operating system that automates operations, resources and identifies improvements to be made across the network, Ericsson Intelligent Automation Platform includes a non-real-time RAN intelligent controller (Non-RT-RIC) that operates rApps.

“The platform supports ecosystem innovation by enabling software developers to build products through a software-development toolkit (SDK).

“A suite of Ericsson rApps with field-proven capabilities will be made available on the platform across four domains: efficient automated deployment; network healing; network evolution; and network optimization.

“The suite will continue to grow in collaboration with customers.

“We embrace the principle of openness and the evolution to open network architectures.

“Building upon our Cloud RAN offering, we are taking another major step towards building the network for the digital future with the launch of Ericsson Intelligent Automation Platform, which fundamentally enables smarter mobile networks.

“We look forward to providing our customers with an open platform that enables operational efficiency, enhances customer experience and drives service innovation. I am happy to hear the reactions from our customers already being positive towards our new product and we look forward to future development and innovation”.

Also, MD Architecture & Strategy, BT Group Chief Architect, Neil McRae said: “At BT we connect for good and continuously innovate to provide the best services for our customers. As we expand and modernize building more reliable networks in more places, managing network complexity via automation is critical to ensure our customers best quality of experience”. 

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