AI breakthrough to reconfigure telecoms networks through speech

AI breakthrough to reconfigure telecoms networks through speech

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By Nick Flaherty

Nokia is showing natural language processing and AI/ML models that can interpret simple text or speech requests to automatically allocate the right combination of network resources.

The Natural-Language Networking is a component of UNEXT, a Nokia Bell Labs research initiative that aims to redefine network software and systems, and is showing a proof of concept at a conference in the US this week.

Natural-Language Networks will eliminate the complexity of managing networks, while also enabling much more responsiveness to end user’s needs. By leveraging AI, these networks will allow service providers to deliver and maintain the ideal network configuration for any customer the moment it is requested.

 In addition, the Natural-Language Network continuously learns from its actions, further optimizing the network with each successive request. As its knowledge increases, the Natural-Language Network anticipates service and application needs and self-adapts to them without any human intervention.

Nokia Bell Labs sees UNEXT, the Unified Networking Experience, as transforming networking systems and software the same way UNIX reshaped computing. This is a self-managing, interactive operating system that treats every network element as a self-contained entity, breaking down the barriers that have traditionally prevented these elements from interoperating. In Nokia Bell Labs’ view, UNEXT will be a new stage in network software evolution, effectively transforming the network itself into an operating system

“Operators won’t need to explore technical catalogues or complex API descriptions when they configure networks. Instead, a simple statement like ‘Optimize the network at X location for Y service’ will work. Those requests could be used to configure a wireless network in a factory for robot automation or optimize networks at a concert for a barrage of social media uploads,” said Csaba Vulkan, Network Systems Automation research leader, Nokia Bell Labs.

Azimeh Sefidcon, Head of Network Systems and Security Research, Nokia Bell Labs, said: “Natural-Language Networks offer a sneak peek into one of the many capabilities of UNEXT. Reducing the complexity of network management fits squarely with UNEXT’s goal of extending the reach of networked systems by breaking down barriers that prevent those systems from interoperating.”

Nokia Bell Labs is demonstrating the AI proof-of-concept technology for the first time at the Brooklyn 6G Summit, 31 Oct– 2 Nov, in Brooklyn, New York.

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