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Ericsson demonstrates 5G use cases in India

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NEW DELHI: 5G is powering exciting possibilities and creating never-seen-before opportunities for people and businesses. Its launch in the country will also play a key role in realizing the government’s Digital India vision. As India gets ready step into the 5G era, Ericsson is imagining an India where limitless connectivity means limitless possibility. At the India Mobile Congress, Ericsson demonstrates 5G use cases that will – enable an exciting future, help unlock never seen possibilities, redefine businesses and pioneer a sustainable future.

IMMERSIVE CONSUMER EXPERIENCES with 5G

Cloud gaming – Mobile cloud gaming is an early use case opportunity enabled by network slicing. This is because slicing can provide gamers the guarantee of the performance needed for a good user experience. This demonstration deep dives into how mobile operators can take on mobile cloud gaming and better utilize network slicing.

Holographic Communications – Holographic Communication enables fully immersive, real-time, 3D experiences that can be built with consumer-grade mobile devices over 5G, while providing a greater sense of spatial awareness, proximity, and presence. With the holographic technology closely replicating face-to-face interaction, it opens up a wide variety of applications for the general public as well as for industries such as manufacturing, utilities, and education.

ENTERPRISE

Smart Manufacturing with 5G – Smarter robots can carry out a greater number of tasks in the manufacturing process, allowing their human counterparts to be employed in other areas. In ‘smart manufacturing’, the majority of production processes could be remotely controlled and monitored in the cloud, minimizing the need for plant infrastructure and dramatically reducing costs. 5G is integral for the robots to be able to interact with their environment in real-time as huge amounts of information will have to be transferred instantaneously.

5G Remote Driving – From operating machines in a manufacturing facility to connecting supply chain with trucks on the road to remote controlled / autonomous machines, connectivity is fundamental to enabling next generation Enterprise use cases. As the leading 5G technology provider, Ericsson have been demonstrating concepts and pilots with various partners and helping understand how going wireless with 5G, IoT, Sensors and WAN brings about a transformational change. 5G remote drive/operations will help to avoid sending staff to potentially dangerous zones. Our demonstration allows people to drive a small vehicle that is in Stockholm over a commercial 5G network.

Ericsson Private 5G – Ericsson Private 5G is a next-generation, private network, tailored to drive Industry 4.0, the modernization and digitalization of infrastructures and business process operations. Organizations gain secure and powerful 4G/LTE and 5G Standalone (SA) connectivity allowing them to optimize and simplify business operations through data creation, collection, and analysis.

Built on Ericsson’s successful 4G/5G radio and dual mode core technology, Ericsson Private 5G unlocks a wide variety of innovative use cases for both indoor and outdoor environments while easily integrating with business operations, devices and applications. As a result, companies can improve productivity and create more value for customers, all while using a solution that is secure and more environmentally friendly.

AI FOR INDUSTRY

AI Exchange for Industry 4.0 – According to our market research we see that 98% of organizations experience challenges in deploying Artificial Intelligence for their use cases.  Our AI Exchange for Sustainability seeks to solve that challenge by providing an ecosystem of data providers, model providers and subject matter experts to connect sustainability needs with AI enabled deployable and dependable solutions.

Edge AI Camera – There are many use cases in safety, security and sustainability that benefit from Computer vision though the costs of transmitting video data to central servers in the cloud or a data center for processing can be prohibitive.  Our Edge AI Camera solves that problem by performing the processing in camera enabling real-time interventions.

Smart Rice in the Metaverse – The metaverse is here and we see many opportunities to create digital twins in the virtual space using this technology.  Agriculture and especially rice production is a key priority for the nation, and we will demonstrate how the latest advances in Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Virtual Reality can come together to provide and test innovative solutions.

CONNECTING THE UNCONNECTED

Fixed Wireless Access – Millions of users are still waiting for reliable home broadband, especially in rural areas. While wired services require the laying of expensive cabling, Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) can provide an efficient and scalable alternative. FWA can help bridge the digital divide, surpass consumer expectations, and drive monetization.

HEALTHCARE

Connected Ambulance – The use case demonstrates an urgent medical assistance intervention for a critical patient / accident victim while being taken to hospital in an ambulance. In this simulation, the emergency technician wears HoloLens glasses that transmit everything to the doctor and simultaneously receive instructions from him thus, enabling a much more specialized and real-time assistance. Inside the ambulance, the ultra-high definition (4K) 360 video camera, the integration of vital sign monitoring equipment and the inclusion of facial recognition technology (which, after being processed in the cloud, provides information about the patient) allows the doctor to remotely guide the pre-hospital emergency technician and follow the victim much more closely leading to faster and more effective diagnosis and treatment.

NETWORKS OF THE FUTURE

Ericsson Radio System – Ericsson has recently announced the introduction of ultra-lightweight Massive MIMO 32T32R radios that are best fit for India’s needs – AIR 3219 and AIR 3268 (Antenna Integrated Radio). These 5G radios, which will be produced in India, are energy efficient and come with coverage-enhancing features such as Uplink Booster that make them very relevant for a densely populated country like India. These radios have been designed for 5G mid-band Massive MIMO performance to deliver the benefits of deployment simplicity and improved energy efficiency. With their reduced weight, these Ericsson radios make installations easy on towers, rooftops, poles, and walls.

Street furniture – Ubiquitous coverage, especially in urban areas and hotspots is critical for a seamless 5G experience. Ericsson’s pioneering new radio solution utilizes existing streetlights and adds as many as five times better download speeds. All in as little as 15 minutes site installation time.

Enterprise service ordering and orchestration – Service orchestration is the process of designing, creating, delivering, and monitoring service offerings in an automated way which helps CSPs deliver value beyond connectivity. Operator networks have traditionally been domain specific and managed in silos, which makes the service creation and delivery towards enterprise customers slow and costly. Enterprise service orchestration removes those silos to enable more flexible and automated networks, based on multi-vendor, multi-cloud and multi-hyperscale cloud provider (HCP) environments.

Packet Core optimized for the edge – Edge-enabled applications and services are due to generate billions of dollars in long-term economic value and span a wide spectrum of use cases. Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core can support a variety of use-cases by combining different products and functionalities in the user and control planes. Discover more about how we solve customer challenges in the edge with Ericsson Local Packet Gateway and dual-mode 5G Core.

Cognitive software – Network design and optimization is becoming increasingly challenging with today’s dynamic and multidimensional networks to analyze and optimize. At the same time, the incremental performance gains are becoming smaller, putting pressure to improve efficiency further from both the design through optimization cycle. Ericsson’s Cognitive Software offering meets these challenges, shifting to automated solutions and insights by leveraging off the latest developments in AI technology.

With deep insights into performance and reliability, communications service providers can adapt and optimize networks to meet growing customer demands. With unique domain knowledge built into the algorithms, cognitive technologies transform operations to deliver on complex and diverse business goals, taking service providers closer than ever to zero touch networks.

Cognitive network operations – 5G Networks are inherently complex. Operational complexity due to 5G will increase many times and will require a new approach to deliver network operations.  Intent based autonomous network operations offer new functionalities that enable benefits of 5G to be realized – intent based 5G N/W slice operation use case allows us to manage the complete life-cycle of the slice covering Plan, Design, Validation, Fulfilment & Assurance in an automated way.

Additionally, Ericsson’s Cognitive energy solution reduces energy spend on site level whilst protecting network quality and user experience. It complements the RAN features with customized energy saving actions applied in predictive manner.

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Nokia,Samsung sign 5G patent license agreement

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NEW DELHI: Finland-based company Nokia said that it has signed a new cross-license patent agreement with Samsung following the expiry of the previous agreement at the end of 2022.

Under the agreement, which covers Nokia’s fundamental inventions in 5G and other technologies, Samsung will make payments to Nokia for a multi-year period beginning 1 January 2023. The terms of the agreement remain confidential between the parties.

Jenni Lukander, President of Nokia Technologies, said: “Samsung is a leader in the smartphone industry, and we are delighted to have reached an amicable agreement with them. The agreement gives both companies the freedom to innovate, and reflects the strength of Nokia’s patent portfolio, decades-long investments in R&D and contributions to cellular standards and other technologies.”

The agreement is consistent with the assumptions that Nokia has disclosed in the long-term Nokia Technologies outlook commentary in its Financial Report for Q3 and January-September 2022 issued on October 20, 2022.

Nokia’s industry-leading patent portfolio is built on more than €130 billion invested in R&D since 2000 and is composed of around 20,000 patent families, including over 4,500 patent families declared essential to 5G. Nokia contributes its inventions to open standards in return for the right to license them on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. Companies can license and use these technologies without the need to make their own substantial investments in the standards, fueling innovation and the development of new products and services for consumers.

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Apollo Hospitals, Bharti Airtel conduct industry’s first 5G/AI guided colonoscopy and more briefs

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NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel, India’s premier communications solutions provider and Apollo Hospitals, Asia’s foremost trusted integrated healthcare group today announced that they have carried out India’s first 5G driven, Artificial Intelligence (AI) guided Colonoscopy trial.

The trial was conducted using AI on Airtel’s 5G technology with ultra-low latency and high processing capabilities as a result of which the colon cancer got detected much faster and with greater accuracy. HealthNet Global, AWS and Avesha are the other three companies that collaborated in this trial.

As a result of AI guided colonoscopy procedure, the image processing happened in real time without any lag even when the physician moved the scope through the colon for it to be overlaid on top of the right element of the colon. The advent of this technology enables an “extra pair of eyes” for physicians and improves the detection rate of polyps, thus saving lives and vastly improving patient care. The data was processed by Avesha edge inferencing applications on AWS platforms on a real time resulting in much faster analysis. AI assisted Colonoscopy Polyp Detection trial will help doctors to improve quality of patient care, improve accuracy of detection rates by capturing information correctly and reducing errors. 5G, Edge computing and Artificial Intelligence can significantly improve patient outcomes by assisting in proper and timely diagnoses.

As per current protocol, colon cancer is detected through colonoscopy procedure which is manual and requires great attention and time from medical practitioners for accurate detection. Currently, the procedure is performed using a device comprising of flexible tube with light, camera and tools at one end, which are used to extract samples to identify an infected polyp. Not only is the procedure long, its discomforting for patients and for the doctors and nurses who perform the procedure which takes around 30 to 40 minutes.

Speaking about the trial, Ajay Chitkara, CEO and Director, Airtel Business said “Ultra-fast, low latency 5G networks will transform the Healthcare sector in the country. At Airtel, we are geared up to lead this transformation and have demonstrated this by conducting India’s first colonoscopy trials. Healthcare is one of the most promising use cases for 5G, and we are delighted to collaborate Apollo Hospitals, AWS, HealthNet Global and Avesha. This is just the beginning, and I am certain we will bring many more innovative use cases that will help redefine healthcare in the country.”

“By augmenting doctor’s ability to detect, AI has been proved to improve physician’s accuracy. Early detection and removal of polyps can easily avoid them becoming cancerous. Apollo has always been a fore runner in adoption of technology. Our patient centric approach keeps us on an outlook for technologies which can make outcomes better.” said Dr. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group.

Vaishali Kasture, Head – Enterprise, Mid-Market & Global Businesses, India & South Asia – AWS India (Amazon Web Services India P Ltd) said “5G and edge technologies offer high speed and real-time data analysis that can help transform the delivery of healthcare. AI inference provides better insight and information to healthcare professionals to predict, diagnose, and treat patients more effectively. We are delighted to collaborate with Airtel and Apollo hospitals to bring AI-powered solutions with an aim to improve patient experience and healthcare service quality.”

Colonoscopy procedures for early detection and prevention of cancers is being advised for all men and women above 45 years of age. In India, where the target population is large in terms of numbers, solutions built on 5G and AI are key to assist doctors to bring quality care to the maximum population

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Apple rolls out beta programme for iPhones to enable 5G services

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NEW DELHI: Apple Inc has rolled out a beta programme to enable 5G on Apple devices as the upgrade lets users try out pre-release software.

This software upgrade enables 5G access on Apple devices, as and when service providers Jio, Airtel and Vodafone enable 5G network access, sources said.

Apple Users have to enrol for the Beta Programme on the website, install a profile and download the software.

Jio users using iPhone 12 and above, in cities where JioTrue5G has been rolled out, will be invited to the Jio Welcome Offer. Jio Welcome Offer provides unlimited 5G data at up to 1 Gbps speed to users at no additional cost. However, there is a condition that prepaid users must be on active Rs 239 and above plan. All Postpaid users are eligible for this trial.

Airtel is not providing any special 5G offer like Jio to their users. In the cities/areas in which the Airtel 5G network has been launched, users can trial 5G services as a part of their existing plan, once they have updated the latest Apple Beta software.

While an email sent to Apple did not solicit an immediate response, the firm had last month stated: “We are working with our carrier partners in India to bring the best 5G experience to iPhone users as soon as network validation and testing for quality and performance is completed. 5G will be enabled via a software update and will start rolling out to iPhone users in December”.

Airtel and Jio customers on iPhone 14, iPhone 13, iPhone 12 and iPhone SE (3rd generation) models can experience 5G as part of Apple’s iOS 16 Beta Software Program. The Apple Beta Software Program is open to anyone with a valid Apple ID who accepts the Apple Beta Software Program Agreement during the sign-up process.

If a user has an iCloud account, that is an Apple ID, it is recommended they use that. If they do not have an iCloud account or any other Apple ID, they can create one.

Customers who want to try the beta software should back up their iPhones before installing the beta software. It is recommended to install the beta software only on non-production devices that are not business-critical. Users can also provide feedback to Apple on quality and usability, which helps Apple identify issues, fix them, and make Apple software even better.

The iOS beta comes with the built-in Feedback Assistant app, which can be opened from the Home screen on the iPhone or iPad or from the Dock on the Mac.

Source: Press Trust of India

 

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