By Paul Rasmussen
Intel wants AI to power operator flexibility
Virtualising 5G radio networks to include AI innovations will enable operators to significantly expand their range of network control, claims Cristina Rodriguez, Intel VP and GM of Wireless Access Networking Division.
“We are in the golden age of AI with use cases that seemed like science fiction just a few years ago becoming a reality today. In our industry, we are seeing the same possibilities turn into realities as virtual, open RAN scales and proliferate enabling AI applications and use cases,” the Intel exec told Mobile World Daily.
“AI enables dynamic hardware allocation for RAN functions through software-driven resource allocation, making fine-grained, real-time resource provisioning and control nearly effortless. Dynamic resource allocation can deliver very real operational and capital cost savings, as networks ‘right-size’ their resources in real-time,“ maintains Rodriguez.
AI-driven automation will be a game changer for 5G networks and a critical technology for future generations of RAN standards, said Rodriguez. “Operators are telling us that automation is no longer a choice; it is an imperative. As operators look to upgrade or expand their networks, automation is top in their minds.”
“AI is also driving business innovation: AI applications unlock the opportunity for network slicing, where operators can develop new revenue streams based on customer-specific SLA’s with AI-backed guarantees on throughput, latency and reliability. Network slicing delivers maximum value to the customer and maximum value extraction to the operator.”