ETSI Experiential Networked Intelligence Group releases first deliverables

12 June 2018: The group formed by European standards body ETSI to create a standardised architecture for AI and networking has released its first set of deliverables – and launched a proof-of-concept program backed by Telecom Italia Mobile, China Telecom, Vodafone and others.

The ETSI Experiential Network Intelligence (ENI) industry specification group (ISG) was set up in February 2017, to define a new architecture leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to improve network management decision making and enable automation. Aria Networks was the first independent software vendor to join the group, in February 2018.

The newly released deliverables include specifications on terminology and requirements for the ENI system, alongside a state-of-the-art review of Context-Aware Policy Management and a detailed analysis of potential Use Cases. The use case specification considers scenarios from Infrastructure Management, through Network Operations, Service Orchestration and Assurance focussing on how the ENI system can enhance operator – and end-user – experience. The final deliverable details a Proof of Concept Framework with the aim of evaluating the technical feasibility of the ENI system.

Aria Networks Head of Research, Dr Archie Wade, who leads Aria’s participation in ETSI ENI, commented: “There is huge interest in leveraging AI techniques to deliver the levels of automation and intelligence that are fundamental to the success of 5G networks. The ETSI ENI team is truly leading the industry in defining how this will be achieved.”

ETSI ENI already has the backing of telecom operators including Verizon, Telefonica, Telecom Italia, China Telecom and Vodafone, as well as vendors such as Intel, Huawei, ZTE, Samsung and Xilinx.

The official ETSI ENI accountment is here. The list of ETSI ENI members is here.


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