AI and Autonomous networks empowering the next digital transformation
In our previous blog, we outlined why telecom companies need to have the concept of zero-touch partnering as a key element of their delayering strategy to ensure they can add new services and capabilities as part of their drive to monetize their network. However, as networks become more and more complex, they are becoming incredibly expensive to plan, run and fix and just adding more resources to fill the gap is not an option in a world where telco margins are already razor thin.
This is why over 150 of greatest and largest TM Forum members are all involved in creating a new AI/AN framework. From the members like Google/Microsoft/AWS who are getting very excited around GenAI, along with members such as TELUS, Rakuten, Verizon, and Orange (to name but a few) who are looking to use AI to automate their networks. They are all driven to deliver an end-to-end solution across nine core areas to use AI and automation for a true zero touch operation.
In this blog we discuss how AI and Autonomous networks can be used to empower the next digital transformation.
Many of you will have over the years employed various planning, self-optimizing and service assurance tools to help automate your networks all with varying degrees of success as part of your drive to improve employee productivity. However, all aspects of network management need more than to just rules-based solutions, automation also needs agile, responsive and above all intelligent.
However, just saying we need to add AI to automate all aspects of network throws up a magnitude of questions, let alone trust implications, such as:
Why are we getting so excited and what are the key sound aspects you need to think about? Well, TM Forum has now been recognized as the de facto standard for what is required to implement autonomous networks. You may have heard about our Maturity levels, these are a real-world, realistic set of requirements on the path to a fully automated network. Many operators now look at these levels to define their roadmap. Take Orange, for example. Laurent Leboucher, CTO of Orange has said that the company is driving to be TM Forum Certified Level 4 by 2025 in change management.
However, as we have discussed in a previous blog, to drive real network monetization an operator needs to determine how they will expose their network either as a NetCo or SerCo but, to achieve either of these, the management of the network is going to require a practical approach to understanding the roll-out of an AI and Automation. You will need to make sure that you cover 3 key aspects:
TM Forum and over 151 of the leading telco members have been working over the years to create an industry first – the newly launched AI and automation framework.. It will be fully launched at DTW’23 in Copenhagen but is a truly remarkable body of work that ensures the implementation of AI within an automated network is safe and secure.
Find out more by coming to our Design kiosk on the TM Forum Community Stand @DTW23 where you can discover your pathway to growth, and we can direct you to the various Catalysts that showcase and demo practical implementations of all these concepts.