ZTE claims industry’s first commercially-ready AI-based 5G slice operation system

ZTE Corporation, an international provider of telecoms, enterprise and consumer technology for the mobile internet, has claimed an industry first for the launch of CloudStudio, its “commercially-ready” AI-based 5G slice operation system at Mobile World Congress (#MWC19) in Barcelona.

This system introduces the 3A concept: Awareness, Automation, and Artificial Intelligence (AI), supporting agile slice deployment, intelligent analysis and rapid self-healing. It is said to significantly simplify 5G network operation, improving operation and maintenance (O&M) efficiency by more than 30%, and reducing cost of network construction by 20%.

Leveraging Machine Learning and advanced algorithm technologies, ZTE’s reportedly carrier-grade CloudStudio network slice system generates a more than 8,000 root cause analysis (RCA) rule repository. This is based on ZTE’s O&M experience of more than 400 cloudification projects around the world, while supporting online scaling and upgrading.

ZTE’s CloudStudio system implements automatic intelligent alarm filtering in accordance with time, correlation and other policies. It matches with the system RCA rule repository and quickly locates the real root cause in several minutes, greatly reducing the complexity of O&M.

In addition, CloudStudio carries out management and dynamic resource adjustment for private cloud and public cloud. When service workload reaches its peak, CloudStudio can automatically trigger the public cloud to assign resources on demand.

When services resume to the normal level, the system releases resources from the public cloud. ZTE reports CloudStudio allows operators to omit constructing the network in accordance with the largest service capacity, effectively saving network construction cost by 20%.

Moreover, by means of network slicing, operators can create multiple end-to-end virtualised networks on the same physical infrastructure to provide various vertical industries with differentiated, quality-assured network services.

ZTE is collaborating with operators and partners from vertical industries, including smart grids, industrial controls, and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), to promote the commercial deployment of 5G slicing. Meanwhile, ZTE enables operators to develop new business models, such as business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-business-to-consumer (B2B2C) on the basis of the traditional B2C model, creating vast opportunities relating to the 5G ecosystem.

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