We’re thrilled to have been selected as a finalist by Swisscom, Proximus and Telia in their SDN and NFV “Call for Innovation” initiative.

55 companies applied, and 11 have been chosen to pitch to the judging panel in Zurich in December.

September’s Call for Innovation identified four distinct areas of interest:

  • Cloud-native Operations/BSS

  • Cloud-native telco functions (such as DPI, Carrier-Grade NAT)

  • New End-to-End Applications (particularly B2B)

  • Access Network Hardware enabling software at the network edge

Aria’s focus on automation and optimization, using AI and machine learning on the network, puts us within the Operations category.

AI and Machine Learning are increasingly being stated as integral to telcos’ virtualization strategies – by Vodafone, AT&T and Level3 to name but a few. And while some of the applications relate to front office and customer support processes, the real prize will ultimately be the ability to automate the configuration of the network – virtual as well as physical – intelligently enough to satisfy changing network, customer and business demands.

A public thank you to Swisscom and their judging panel so far, and good luck to the other finalists! We look forward to meeting you in Zurich.