AI should be introduced to reduce operator OPEX: ’s Ryan Ding

The industry should build an ecosystem to extend the business scope of broadband and AI should be introduced to reduce operator OPEX, said Huawei Ryan Ding.

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While delivering his keynote address at an industry event, , Executive Director and President of Carrier BG, said, “The global ultra-broadband industry is booming. New service models, such as ultra-HD videos, interactive gaming, and VR, are driving broadband networks to evolve and upgrade, placing new requirements on bandwidth, latency, and service experience.”

The company informed that during the previous year, Huawei worked with global operators and industry partners to explore and build an ecosystem for Premium Broadband. They made numerous innovations in experience-driven operations and value-driven network deployment, with an aim to improve broadband user experience and achieve high-value growth.

“After a year of exploration and practice, Premium Broadband has become widely accepted by the global ultra-broadband industry,” said Ding at the fifth Ultra-Broadband Forum held in Geneva. “Ecosystem, network experience, and O&M efficiency are the three key factors for operator success in Premium Broadband.” Specifically, the following three points are essential in order to achieve Premium Broadband.

The company asserted that operators must build an open platform for video content aggregation to integrate all kinds of content resources. “Coordinated innovation between industry partners will accelerate the development of video business models,” said the company, stating that it has brought together nearly 200 content providers and helped over 100 operators to provide high-quality content services and improve their video experience.

The company said that the operator OPEX has remained high for years, undermining operator service innovation. By introducing AI technology, operators will be able to achieve smart O&M that boasts improved O&M efficiency, energy efficiency, and resource utilization, as well as lower OPEX. AI also enables predictive O&M and active optimization, helping operators troubleshoot network faults prior to user complaints, and ultimately, improve the end user experience.

The company is of the view that a simplified network architecture enables flexible scale-out and rapid service provisioning. According to Moore’s Law, the growing capacities of optical networks, IP networks, and broadband access will drive the continuous evolution and upgrade of network capacity.

“A virtuous circle for Premium Broadband can be built following three key steps,” said Ding. “First, the industry should build an ecosystem to extend the business scope of broadband. Second, AI should be introduced to reduce operator OPEX. And third, operators need to satisfy growing service demands through network architecture innovation and Moore’s Law.”

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