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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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5G NR release 16 – start of the 5G Evolution

The finalization of the 3GPP release 15 in June this year was a major milestone in many respects. The first 5G New Radio (NR) specifications are complete and commercial deployments will be available by the end of this year. It is also the basis for the continuous evolution of 5G NR technology, spanning across multiple releases, to further improve performance and address new use cases. The first step of this evolution was recently taken when several 3GPP working groups met in Gothenburg, Sweden, to start the work on release 16.

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5G NR: The Next Generation Wireless Access

OFDM, ultra-lean, mini-slots, beam-centric, …. these are just some of the many words and acronyms being used in conjunction with 5G and it is easy to get lost among all the terms and technology components. We believe our recently released book 5G NR: The Next Generation Wireless Access Technology, fills an important need for those interested in the recently released 5G NR standard. The book describes the standard in detail, both the technologies as such but also why specific technologies were decided to be included in the standard.

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