MWC Shanghai: Huawei Unveils AI Integration Plan for 5G-A

Huawei: Brining AI to networks in the 5G-A era
At the 2024 MWC Shanghai, from the 5G-A & AI Roundtable, Huawei’s Eric Zhao revealed the plan to bring AI to networks using RAN Intelligent Agent

The 2024 MWC Shanghai has begun with an announcement from Huawei at the 5G-A & AI Roundtable. Eric Zhao, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Wireless Solution, has revealed a plan to bring AI to networks. 

The goal is to build an ecosystem of RAN Intelligent Agent in partnership with operators, to advance network productivity. Phase one of this plan will cover 1,000 site engineers and 10,000 sites across Asia within six months.

MWC Shanghai 2024 will run from 26th to 28th June, in Shanghai. Huawei will showcase its products at stands E10 and E50, in Hall N1, of the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).

The opportunities of 5G-A technology for the mobile sector

Over the past year, the telecom sector has seen 5G-A grow from a dream into reality. 5G-A (the ‘A’ is for ‘advanced’) is the next step in 5G technology, which offers a range of benefits, such as higher data rates, stronger machine learning techniques, clearer coverage inside buildings and in rural locations, as well as greater energy efficiency. In its early years, 5G-A has shown its impressive network performance and continuous device developments.

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Huawei wants to bring AI to its networks, by building RAN Intelligent Agent which can:

Reshape network O&M

RAN Intelligent Agent simplifies processes, an example of this is the field maintenance engineer copilot which Huawei launched. The copilot is an AI-based assistant that can autonomously build solution policies, based on expert knowledge to advance efficiency. In one case, this facilitated the handling of an optical path fault with tenfold efficiency.

Improve the user experience 

RAN Intelligent Agent lets networks autonomously optimise experience and energy savings. This automated optimisation is based on multi-dimensional high-precision real-time sensing, alongside the generation and delivery of energy-saving policies.

In an area covered by 223 cells, RAN Intelligent Agent automatically maximises performance while keeping energy consumption the smallest possible. 

This is the first time Huawei has worked with operators to utilise such automated network O&M.

Broaden its services

RAN Intelligent Agent allows experience-driven service operations through the real-time evaluation of network resources. This lets operators provide new services when they are needed which ensure deterministic service experience. 

The 5G-A live streaming assurance package is the world's first livestreaming package of this kind. In one example, it provides fruit farmers with the deterministic uplink speeds which they need, to reach customers through live streaming. This is just one example of how operators can innovate business models to accelerate monetisation.

Huawei’s goal for 5G-A

Ultimately, uniting AI with 5G-A networks will advance network productivity. In addition, the RAN Intelligent Agent offers copilots, to support role-based chatbots.

"Our goal is to bring AI to networks. To achieve this, we will, for our part, shift from a solution provider to a co-builder of intelligent networks,” Eric explained. “We believe that the co-growth of RAN Intelligent Agent and networks will create more extensive business value, transform networks more rapidly, and lead our industry into a new era of intelligence."

Mobile Digital will continue to report on MWC Shanghai 2024.

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