Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today launched its Intelligent Automation Platform, a service management and orchestration product that intelligently automates any mobile network.
Building on existing offerings, including the cloud-native dual-mode 5G kernel and the Cloud RAN portfolio, the company adds the Ericsson intelligent automation platform and a suite of rApps as the natural next step to building the networks of the future.
The solution facilitates AI and automation, which improves network performance, operational efficiency and customer experience to help create smarter networks.
The cloud-native solution will run on new and existing 4G and 5G radio access networks (RANs) and support a variety of RAN providers and technologies, including specially designed and open RAN.
This will create more choice for communication service providers (CSPs) as they scale their networks. Ericsson’s investment in this platform reflects the company’s contributions to the industrial development of Open RAN technologies.
Ericsson Intelligent Automation Platform automates the radio access network using AI and radio network applications (rApps) with different functionalities. Similar to an operating system that automates operations, resources and identifies network improvements, the Ericsson Intelligent Automation Platform includes a non-real-time RAN (Non-RT-RIC) intelligent controller that leverages 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 available on the platform in four areas: efficient automated deployment; network healing; evolution of the network; and network optimization. The suite will continue to develop in collaboration with customers.
Jan Karlsson, Senior Vice President and Head of Industry Digital Services, Ericsson, says: âWe are committed to the principle of openness and the move towards open network architectures. Building on our Cloud RAN offering, we are taking another major step towards building the network of the digital future with the launch of the 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 the customer experience, and drives service innovation. I am happy to hear the feedback from our already positive customers to our new product and we look forward to further development and innovation. “
Neil McRae, MD Architecture & Strategy, Chief Architect, BT Group, says: âAt BT, we are truly connecting and continuously innovating to provide the best services to our customers. As we expand and modernize building more reliable networks in more places, managing network complexity through automation is key to ensuring our customers the best quality of experience. I am delighted to see that Ericsson is launching the Intelligent Automation Platform for Network Automation, based on the O-RAN Alliance Service Management and Orchestration (SMO) concept. Ericsson’s vision to extend this SMO concept to support both open RAN and existing 4G and 5G networks, using a single operational window is an innovative approach.
Toshikazu Yokai, Managing Director, General Manager of Mobile Technology, KDDI, said, âKDDI recognizes the importance of Service Management and Orchestration (SMO) and automation to achieve optimal network operations in business environments. Specially designed multi-vendor open RAN and RAN. SMO combined with an open software development toolkit (SDK) has the potential to drive innovation and application diversity (rApps), unleashing innovation from CSPs, telecom providers and third-party software vendors to optimize network performance, improve operational efficiency and drive superior customer experiences. KDDI expects SMO and the Non-Real-Time RAN Intelligent Controller (Non-RT-RIC) to refine RAN behavior and dynamically deliver SLAs based on slice-specific service requirements. KDDI looks forward to working with Ericsson to explore the potential of these solutions.
Sue Rudd, Director of Networks and Service Platforms, Strategy Analytics, said: âThe Ericsson Intelligent Automation Platform brings scalability, performance and ease of operations to the increasingly complex mobile network environment, including the open and specially designed RAN. Ericsson’s long-standing expertise in radio networks and end-to-end network slicing, alongside its active participation in the O-RAN Alliance and its leadership in the automation of ONAP networks, have enabled it enabled to create this powerful platform to help customers maximize their ROI through the intelligent delivery of high quality services to their end customers. Ericsson’s proven track record of multi-vendor service orchestration and open operations automation makes it an excellent partner for rApp developers and system integrators who can leverage this toolbox and environment. unique development.
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