- Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the biggest connectivity event.
- Nokia, HPE, NEC and Fujitsu are among the big tech companies that unveiled 5G innovations for the event.
- The 5G Connect theme will explore what the world of tomorrow looks like with 5G and the business models shaping its growth.
Innovations in the 5G network are expected to be among the highlights of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The world’s largest and most influential connectivity event often showcases the latest technologies for consumers and businesses.
Some of the participating companies have already started announcing their new releases. For 5G technology, innovations in 5G use cases, telecom cloud and private network are highly likely as some of the biggest names in the industry are attending the event.
Nokia is already marking its presence at Mobile World Congress with the announcement of several new 5G solutions. First, Nokia announced the launch of its new Intelligent RAN Operations solution designed to manage the growing complexity of 5G networks through machine learning. The framework and its underlying products will enable mobile operators to improve 5G network quality, efficiency and subscriber experience while reducing operational costs, energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
Additionally, Nokia’s Intelligent RAN Operations implements several machine learning features that help operators manage network density and complexity, and enable automation of routine network management tasks, with greater ability to detect, categorize and resolve network problems in real time.
CSPs will be the main beneficiaries of the Mobile World Congress
Apart from this, Nokia has also announced new managed service offerings to help communication service providers (CSP) provide a better customer experience and realize faster returns on their 5G investments by better utilizing the intelligence of their network data.
The first offering is Operations Transformation, a multi-year service focused on helping CSPs improve the productivity and agility of their operations through cloudification and automation.
The second new managed operations offering is called Operations Intelligence, which uses AI-powered analytics using massive datasets to precisely pinpoint issues, with the end goal of enabling service providers to communication to increase business outcomes such as Net Promoter Scores (NPS) and returns on their 5G investments. NPS serves as a barometer of the likelihood that a customer will recommend a provider or service to another user.
Both services are designed to follow a CSP’s unique digital transformation journey and deliver tangible results in a results-based business model, providing flexibility and control. The micro-operations service catalog includes use cases ranging from coverage and capacity optimization to predictive analysis of anomalies in complex network settings to prevent customer service degradation and leverages the library of Nokia AVA AI use cases.
“We know that customer expectations have changed, so our goal with these new services is to help CSPs achieve business results by leveraging the intelligence of their networks. The methodology can follow the unique digital transformation journey of our clients. Additionally, the catalog approach is a further step in our strategy to deliver a comprehensive Software as a Service (SaaS) portfolio,” said Friedrich Trawoeger, Senior Vice President, Cloud and Cognitive Services at Nokia.
Scaling up private 5G and Wi-Fi
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) will extend enterprise connectivity with unique capabilities for private networking both 5G and Wi-Fi enabling new enterprise and industrial applications from edge to cloud. Pre-integrated with major vendor radio access capabilities, the private 5G solution can be deployed quickly, flexibly, and as a service with HPE GreenLake.
As enterprises increasingly envision the promise of a personalized 5G experience for low latency, dedicated capacity, extended range, and security across campuses and industrial environments, while complementing existing Wi-Fi networks. Although 5G far exceeds Wi-Fi in extended coverage, Wi-Fi has the edge when it comes to cost-effective indoor connectivity. HPE’s private 5G solutions have been designed to work in tandem with Aruba’s Wi-Fi networks using technologies that automate 5G and Wi-Fi roaming.
The private 5G market is growing rapidly, including new market entrants such as large-scale cloud providers. Telcos are looking for easy ways to deploy private 5G networks to meet growing customer expectations for the connected edge. HPE recently announced that OPTAGEa Japanese service provider, leverages HPE’s private 5G solution for its local 5G testbed implementations.
Virtualized Radio Access Network at Mobile World Congress
Meanwhile, Fujitsu announced that it has successfully developed new software virtualized radio access network (vRAN) with support for standalone 5G (SA) and will offer it for verification by telecom operators from March 2022.
By leveraging Fujitsu’s quantum-inspired artificial intelligence and digital annealing technologies to optimize computing resources, the newly developed vRAN technology addresses one of the main challenges of conventional vRANs, delivering high performance with low power consumption. of energy. Fujitsu estimates that this approach offers the potential to reduce overall system CO2 emissions by 50% or more compared to conventional base station systems by 2025 while providing users with stable, high-quality communications.
Going forward, Fujitsu plans to deploy this vRAN technology globally, providing robust and innovative support to telecom operators as they strive to reduce their carbon footprint and ultimately help realize a more sustainable society. Fujitsu will share more information about its vRAN technology at Mobile World Congress.
Strengthen the automation ecosystem
Another big tech company, NEC Corporation, has also launched an automation ecosystem to bolster its 5G xHaul transformation services, bringing CSPs simplified operations, cost efficiency, and faster time to value for their multi-vendor networks. xHaul 5G Transformation Solutions and Services are part of NEC Open Networks, a suite of solutions for realizing the real benefits of truly open 5G networks.
For CSPs aspiring to build momentum in the 5G era, there is a looming demand to gain network flexibility and agility to meet diverse user needs. NEC’s turnkey automation services are part of xHaul 5G Transformation Services powered by an open ecosystem of industry-leading network and software vendors, initially including Accedian, Juniper Networks and UBiqube.
By combining the network and software engineering capabilities developed at the NEC 5G Transport Network Center of Excellence (CoE) with the expertise of these strategic partners, the ecosystem aims to deliver robust automation solutions for the full life of 5G xHaul operations, including network provisioning, traffic engineering, and closed-loop automation.
Announcements from these big tech companies are just a few of the highlights from Mobile World Congress. With several other big tech players also attending the event, consumers and businesses can expect more solutions in the days to come.