ETSI’s Experiential Networked Intelligence group to apply AI to SDN/NFV complexity

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ETSI has announced the elections of the chair and vice chair of a new ETSI Industry Specification Group on Experiential Networked Intelligence (ISG ENI) that aims to improve operators’ experience regarding network deployment and operation by using artificial intelligence techniques.

The purpose of the group is to define a context-aware system using AI based on the “observe-orient-decide-act” control model. This enables the system to adjust offered services based on changes in user needs, environmental conditions and business goals.

Dr. Raymond Forbes of Huawei Technologies UK was elected as chairman of the ISG, and Haining Wang of China Telecom was elected as vice-chair.

“By introducing technologies such as SDN, NFV or network slicing, the network becomes more flexible and powerful. Nevertheless, the complexity of the future network is not reduced, but transferred from hardware to software, from the network itself to management and operation, from equipment to people,” Wang said. “Experiential Networked Intelligence is expected to help operators to solve these problems.”

Already ten companies and organizations participated in the first meeting and defined the schedule to collect essential use cases and requirements, and carry out analyses of the potential gaps in the next eight months.

The ISG ENI has resolved to work with major standards developing organizations such as ETSI NFV, ETSI MEC, ETSI NGP, IETF, MEF, 3GPP and BBF. New members are invited to join the group and participate in future meetings and standardization work.

The full list of organizations supporting ISG ENI can be found here.

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