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Global tech giants form alliance to integrate AI into radio access network technology

Announced at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday, the AI-RAN alliance comprises industry leaders such as Amazon Web Services, Arm, DeepSig, Ericsson, Nokia, Northeastern University, NVIDIA, Samsung Electronics, SoftBank and T-Mobile

A Staff Reporter Calcutta Published 27.02.24, 11:41 AM
Visitors at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday.

Visitors at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday. Reuters

Global tech giants and leading research institutes have formed an alliance to integrate AI into radio access network (RAN) technology that connects devices such as smartphones to a network via radio link.

Announced at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday, the AI-RAN alliance comprises industry leaders such as Amazon Web Services, Arm, DeepSig, Ericsson, Nokia, Northeastern University, NVIDIA, Samsung Electronics, SoftBank and T-Mobile.

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“The group’s mission is to enhance mobile network efficiency, reduce power consumption and retrofit existing infrastructure, setting the stage for unlocking new economic opportunities for telecommunication companies with AI, facilitated by 5G and 6G,” a statement from the alliance said

Network operators in the alliance will spearhead testing and implementation of the technologies developed through collective research of the member companies and universities

“The AI-RAN alliance has been formed with the vision to spearhead the advancement of society through AI innovations, particularly from the telecom industry,” said Junichi Miyakawa, president and CEO, SoftBank.

“AI will fundamentally change the way wireless services are deployed and enable broad innovation and operational efficiency across the telco sector,” said Mohamed Awad, senior vice-president and general manager, infrastructure business, Arm.

Jan Hofmeyr, vice-president at Amazon Web Services, said the technology developed by the alliance will revolutionise the way consumers, enterprises and industries interact with mobile networks.

Wipro-Nokia

IT services firm Wipro on Monday said it has partnered Finnish telecom and IT company Nokia to deliver private wireless solutions to enterprises, according to PTI.

Through this solution, enterprises will be able to create an integrated private environment that they can control to better manage their performance and mitigate security risks.

Wipro said the joint private wireless solution with Nokia will "help enterprises scale their digital transformation".

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