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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 launches Nokia MEA Mobile Broadband Index confirming 5G drives digital transformation

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NEW DELHI: Nokia has announced the results of its new research report, the Nokia MEA Mobile Broadband Index, which provides a comprehensive overview of the MEA region’s mobile broadband landscape. The in-depth report highlights the steady growth of 5G in the Middle East and Africa region (MEA) as well as its impact on digital transformation.

It confirms that the Middle East is far ahead of Africa in terms of 5G adoption, while many operators in Africa are still developing their business models around 4G. Voice traffic still relies on 2G and 3G networks in many parts of the region.

5G is forecast to increase steadily and will contribute to the growth of the mobile broadband subscriber base, which is expected to grow with a CAGR of six percent in MEA. According to the report, 4G networks in MEA account for 79 percent of overall data traffic today, and by 2027, 4G and 5G will together account for 90 percent of data traffic. In the same year, 4G subscribers will reach 1,214 million (53 percent of total subscribers) whereas 5G adoption is estimated to reach 380 million subscribers (17 percent of total). Yearly ARPU is estimated to increase at USD$3.4 in 2027, and total data traffic is expected to increase at a CAGR of 32 percent from 2022 to 2027.

The report shows that in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, 5G adoption is the fastest, and 5G subscribers are expected to reach 75 percent by 2027, mainly driven by Saudi Arabia. In non-GCC Middle Eastern countries and in Africa, 4G will continue to expand and remain dominant until 2027, while 5G deployment is at nascent stage today and poised to gain more and more momentum over the next years.

As the report confirms, 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) in the GCC countries and 4G FWA in the rest of the MEA region are one of the most attractive use cases, with a significant opportunity for operators to drive incremental revenues. Furthermore, 5G networks are more energy efficient than previous radio network generations, helping operators reach their sustainability targets.

Mikko Lavanti, Head of Mobile Networks at Nokia MEA, said: “MEA is a diverse region with many countries at different stages of development and that is reflected in our report. Data consumption with high-speed networks is increasing exponentially across the MEA market in both urban and rural areas. Reliable 4G and 5G networks are critical for bridging the digital divide in the region, in addition to supporting data-intensive applications for communities and businesses. Nokia is helping both operators and enterprises unlock new opportunities with 5G, building the evolution towards future technologies that will enable enhanced experiences such as the Metaverse.”

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Airtel announces its largest ever 5G roll-out in 125 cities

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NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel, India’s telecommunications services provider, today announced the launch of its ultra-fast 5G services in 125 cities. Airtel 5G Plus service is now available to customers in over 265 cities in the country.

Airtel 5G Plus has three compelling advantages for customers. First, it runs on a technology that has the widest acceptance in the world with the most developed ecosystem. This ensures that all 5G smartphones in India seamlessly work on the Airtel network. Second, the company promises to deliver the best experience – between 20 to 30 times higher speeds than today coupled with brilliant voice experience and super-fast call connect. Finally, Airtel 5G Plus network will also be kinder to the environment with its special power reduction solution. Powered by the reliable Airtel network infrastructure, Airtel 5G Plus will provide superfast access to High-Definition video streaming, gaming, multiple chatting, instant uploading of photos et all.

Commenting on the launch, Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel said, “5G has revolutionized the world of internet, ushering new era of connectivity and communications that will prove to be a game-changer for the country. At Airtel, we remain committed to delivering the highest quality of network and service to our customers as we roll-out 125 more cities today. Airtel was the first in the country to offer 5G services in October 2022, and today’s mega launch is our promise to connect every Airtel customer in the country with ultra-fast Airtel 5G Plus. Our 5G rollout is on track to cover all towns and key rural areas by March 2024.”

Airtel 5G Plus service availability will continue to rapidly expand – including service in all towns and villages in the country soon – as the company is working towards offering nationwide coverage. Airtel is now offering its 5G services in every major city from the upper northern city of Jammu to the southern tip of Kanyakumari.

In the last one year, Airtel has demonstrated the power of 5G with a host of powerful use cases that will change the way customers lead their lives and do business. From India’s first live 5G network in Hyderabad to India’s first private 5G network at the BOSCH facility in Bengaluru to partnering with Mahindra & Mahindra to make its Chakan manufacturing facility, India’s first 5G enabled auto manufacturing unit, Airtel has been at the forefront of 5G innovation.

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Comviva introduces 5G-Compatible ADriN platform

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NEW DELHI: Comviva, a global leader in customer experience and data monetization solutions today announced the launch of its 5G compatible Application Driven Network Platform, ADriN to offer a unified, simplified, secured experience to the B2B2X value chain of Digital Service Providers, Enterprises, Hyperscalers, application developers and the smart device ecosystem.

Comviva’s ADriN platform boasts dynamic capabilities that allow it to understand the behavior of connected devices in real-time. This enables the platform to orchestrate and deliver personalized, intent-driven experiences in a secured and controlled environment, regardless of the underlying experience providers – DSPs, Enterprises and Hyperscalers.

Excited at this development, Comviva CEO, Manoranjan (Mao) Mohapatra said, “At Comviva, we prioritize creating unique experiences for our customers’ end-users to remain relevant. Our commitment to deeper customer engagement and significant investments has led to the development of ADriN, a platform that simplifies the user experience in the untapped B2B2X segment. With new engagement models centered around ARR and Network-as-a-Service, ADriN is positioned to become a critical contributor to any experience provider’s top-line growth.”

ADriN simplifies the process of capturing and understanding the intentions of end customers of enterprises and digital service providers. It offers an easy-to-use interface that delivers a trusted and secure service experience. Using ADriN, intentions are captured and processed through machine learning applications across various devices, which in turn creates a real-time service catalogue. This enables networks and infrastructures to respond in a specific manner to ever-changing intentions.

This creates lucrative monetization opportunity for the custodians of the B2B2X value chain with the adoption of ARR models, such as Network-as-a-Service. The monetization opportunity is highly attributed to the intents captured from the end consumer’s devices or machines or interface through their simple native language. ADriN effectively processes and converts this intent into open call models and open APIs, which seamlessly integrate into the ecosystem. This orchestration results in a personalized experience for the consumer, without the need to worry about the network custodians they are connected to, be it G network or other networks.,

Speaking at the launch, Swapnil Shah, Vice President for 5G and Edge Business Group at Comviva said, “ADriN has received strong validation in recent time from niche ecosystem players like digital service providers, enterprises and hyperscalers. With the growing popularity of AI-based operations, ML-driven devices, and application developer communities, ADriN is poised to make a distinct impact on the B2X and B2B2X value chains in the coming years. The collaborative efforts of CAMARA, 5G PPP, ORAN, TIP, 5G ACIA, GSMA Op, ETSI, 3GPP, VEPP, and DSPs have also contributed to democratizing organic networks for developers, while government-driven initiatives have paved the way for an intent-driven future.”

ADriN utilizes an ecosystem agnostic platform approach to comprehensively understand the intention of devices. It dynamically creates policy configurations, marketplace operations, generates slices, and performs numerous other functions over a nimble service engine that seamlessly interacts with infrastructure, hyperscaler, and network functions. The platform is highly flexible, enabling it to meet the unique needs of diverse ecosystems.

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