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Next stop: Zero-touch automation standardization

Future telecommunication networks and services will need to take human intervention out of the loop. Zero-touch automation will be imperative to manage increasingly complex networks and short service life-cycles.

In this post we discuss zero-touch network and services automation prospects and introduce the main aspects of the recently started ETSI ZSM standardization group: the organization, status, and the challenges that the ICT industry will face in the pursuit of a truly zero-touch automation of network and services.

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New tech in wireless communication & the growth of ubiquitous radio

Availability of a ubiquitous high capacity radio that can provide sharing of data anywhere and anytime for anyone and anything is one of five key technology trends for the future listed by Ericsson’s CTO Erik Ekudden. In other words, wireless access is no longer just for people. In fact, wireless access will provide connectivity for any kind of device that may benefit from being connected. It should also be available anywhere, in the office, at home, on the street, in the forest…the list is almost endless.

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Untangling Industrial IoT networking

Industrial IoT (IIoT) systems are rapidly growing larger, more distributed and gaining new capabilities. Similarly, the diversity of IoT applications will result in diversity in networking needs. Our Mobility Report forecasts 20 billion connected IoT devices by 2023, which will bring scale to the equation too. IIoT system designers and network engineers need to consider many different aspects when designing industrial networking systems. This includes the choice of networking technologies, that will lead to a successful network deployment.

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Trust technologies for security assurance

The potential of the network platform where humans, machines, basic and AI-driven services will complement each other is so immense that it’s hard to grasp in all its aspects. Nevertheless, because our society will depend so heavily on this network platform to function properly, we are faced with a quite simple and highly relevant question: “is it secure?”

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The emergence of the Internet of Skills

A next step in the connected world is to enable any human being to teach, be taught and execute actions remotely. In this way, human skills can be delivered or acquired without any physical boundaries, spreading knowledge globally at a faster and more efficient way. This is commonly referred to as the Internet of Skills and is expected to be a key component of the future digitalized world.

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5G Enabled Manufacturing

How can 5G be of help in making industries more efficient and flexible? This is what I together with a team at Ericsson, SKF and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, worked on in a project called 5GEM, 5G Enabled Manufacturing. Now the follow-up project 5GEM II has just started, with Volvo Trucks and Siemens joining as new partners.

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Industry Forum to promote Versatile Video Coding

Video is the single most important data traffic driver in mobile networks. According to the latest Ericsson Mobility report it is forecast to grow by 45 percent annually to account for 73 percent of all mobile data traffic in 2023. This is why video compression is key to Ericsson and a great motivation for our research team contributing to the emerging Versatile Video Coding (VVC) standard in the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG).

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