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Huawei and China Telecom will be leading a new industry working group aiming to explore the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the deployment and optimization of telecommunications networks.

The Industry Specification Group on Experiential Networked Intelligence (ISG ENI), part of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), held its first meeting in early April, electing a new chair and vice chair.

China Telecom’s Haining Wang will serve as the group’s vice chair and Huawei UK’s Raymond Forbes is the selected chairman. Other industry leading firms such as Samsung, the China Academy of Telecommunications Research of MIIT, Verizon UK and Samsung R&D Institute UK will be represented in the group.

The purpose of the group, according to chairman Forbes, is to “improve operators’ experience regarding network deployment and operation, by using AI techniques.”

Software defined networks (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV) and slicing technologies are helping networks become more flexible, according to Mr. Wang. The complexity of managing networks is not being reduced, he says, but being transferred from hardware to software. Experimental Networked Intelligence aids in this complexity.

The group will work with other leading standards groups such as ETSI NFV, ETSI MEC, ETSI NGP, IETF, MEF, 3GPP and BBF on the development of the industry specification.

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