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U Mobile and Enfrasys Solutions Drive Innovation with 5G Private Network PoC for Transocean Logistics

U Mobile, in collaboration with Enfrasys Solutions, has successfully concluded a groundbreaking private 5G network proof-of-concept (PoC) aimed at automating Transocean Logistics’ container inspection process. Leveraging U Mobile’s 5G private network capabilities and Enfrasys Solutions’ Container Vision industrial application with multi-access-edge computing (MEC), this initiative marks a significant advancement in Malaysia’s logistics industry. ZTE Corporation’s support was instrumental in providing the 5G RAN and 5G Core infrastructure for the private network. This pioneering collaboration has transformed Transocean Logistics into the first container depot in Malaysia to adopt such cutting-edge technology, specifically designed to automate critical aspects of logistics operations. The PoC highlighted the benefits of 5G and MEC technologies, facilitated by Container Vision’s artificial intelligence (AI) features. It empowered Transocean Logistics’ inspectors to scan and detect defects in real-time using AI upon the arrival of containers at their Butterworth, Penang depot. During the PoC, Transocean Logistics witnessed a remarkable up to 70% improvement in the time required to complete the detection process compared to existing practices. This success underscores how 5G technology can advance logistics through enhanced digital solutions, offering improved connectivity, service reliability, and network performance. The PoC demonstrated several operational efficiencies such as: U Mobile’s Private 5G Network: Providing low latency and high bandwidth to support Enfrasys Solutions’ Container Vision application, enabling seamless digitalization of Transocean Logistics’ container inspection process; End-to-End Digitalization: Workers can now perform ISO standard inspections by capturing container information and defect images using the Container Vision app, leading to improved inspection accuracy and governance with secure data storage within the private network; MEC-driven Data Processing: Moving heavy AI processes closer to the application usage source, enhancing data processing speed and enabling instant defect detection and logging; and Supply Chain Streamlining: Integration of various upstream business applications to promote transparency among depot operators and container owners. Woon Ooi Yuen, CTO of U Mobile, emphasized the company’s commitment to leveraging technology like 5G for greater industry efficiencies, showcasing U Mobile’s innovation leadership in Malaysia. He highlighted the value of combining 5G technology with AI and automation to deliver significant enterprise customer benefits. Tengku Razmi, CEO of Enfrasys Solutions, highlighted the potential of MEC to revolutionize enterprise applications and accelerate business automation, enabling seamless AI and automation solutions. Ismail Ibrahim, CEO of Transocean Logistics, expressed excitement about the pilot AI solution, expected to reduce manual effort for container inspections by 70%. This project positions Transocean Logistics as a pioneer in adopting advanced solutions and technologies within Malaysia’s container depot industry.
U Mobile and Enfrasys Solutions Drive Innovation with 5G Private Network PoC for Transocean Logistics

ZTE exclusively wins the izzi MVNO project in Mexico, facilitating technological innovation of the mobile core network

lZTE exclusively wins the izzi MVNO project in Mexico, showcasing its technological leadership in the virtualization field ZTE and izzi Telecom collaborate on a groundbreaking project, offering end-to-end virtualization solutions for mobile virtual operator networks, enhancing flexibility and brand competitiveness Shenzhen, China, 15 March 2024 - ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a global leading provider of information and communication technology solutions, today announced its exclusive success in securing the bid for the Mexico izzi MVNO project. ZTE will provide izzi Telecom with network-wide core network + VAS services based on the dual resource pools of Red Hat OSP+OCP, showcasing ZTE's technological leadership in the virtualization field. As the largest pay-TV operator and the second-largest fixed network operator in Mexico, izzi Telecom operates under Grupo Televisa, the country's largest media company. With 6.3 million subscribers, izzi leverages its advanced technologies and products to provide Quad-Play services to numerous cities across Mexico. ZTE and izzi Telecom have collaborated on a groundbreaking project, marking the first solution based on ZTE's Red Hat OSP+OCP resource pools in the high-end American market. This solution provides a comprehensive suite of Network Elements (NEs), including vCN and vVAS. Leveraging ZTE-developed hardware and the Ceph storage mode, it offers an end-to-end virtualization solution encompassing hardware, NFVIs, VNFs, and MANOs. For new mobile virtual operator networks, cloud-native architecture and virtualization solutions are better aligned with customer requirements. They enhance the flexibility and reliability of network operations, enabling more agile and rapid development of new services, and significantly improving brand competitiveness. ZTE is dedicated to innovative research in network technologies, offering NFV/SDN-based end-to-end 5G telecom cloud solutions. These solutions encompass ICT integration of hardware, cloud platforms, and cloud applications/MANO/cloud integration, facilitating operators' digital transformation efforts. Additionally, ZTE establishes open labs worldwide and collaborates with partners to cultivate an industry ecosystem and drive industrial upgrades.
ZTE exclusively wins the izzi MVNO project in Mexico, facilitating technological innovation of the mobile core network
ZTE drives core network intelligence towards future networks evolution

ZTE drives core network intelligence towards future networks evolution

With the large-scale commercial use of 5G, the world has started the research and exploration of the next stage of 5G evolution, and 5G-Advanced (5G-A) will start the first year of commercial use in 2024. At the same time, the telecom industry is also exploring artificial intelligence (AI) technology, and its applications in key scenarios of 5G and future networks are gradually moving towards commercial use. In the following interview, Weibin Wang, chief scientist of product planning of ZTE, shares his views on the necessity and urgency for telcos to introduce intelligence to the existing and future networks, especially the core network.  Since last year, the rise of ChatGPT and Large Language Model (LLM) has become a hot topic of widespread discussion in the industry, what is the impact on telecommunication networks, especially core network? Weibin Wang: The launch of ChatGPT is a milestone in the great achievements of Large Language Model (LLM), and we will accelerate into the era of AI. Telecommunication networks should embrace the new opportunities and challenges brought by AI. On the one hand, AI will deeply empower telecom networks, improve O&M efficiency and service innovation, and specifically focus on core networks, including: Accelerate the evolution of the network to the high-level autonomous stage, and implement high-level intelligence such as traffic prediction, intelligent decision-making, root cause analysis, self-healing, and intelligent customer service. Promote service innovation and experience improvement, empower 5G New Calling, New Messaging, and ubiquitous real-time communications, and realize the transformation and upgrading of basic communication services. On the other hand, the large-scale application of AI also poses new challenges to telecom networks, including: Diversified network transmission requirements for AI applications. While AI drives network traffic consumption, it also puts forward new requirements for network transmission. As the brain of the network, the core network should sense the transmission requirements in real time and provide differentiated network policy guarantees. Ubiquitous AI computing power requirements. Telecom networks need to evolve to computing power networks and further provide endogenous AI computing power in the network. The core network will play an important role in providing computing power at the edge of the network. In the future, the deep integration of telecom networks and AI will become a new digital infrastructure that empowers thousands of industries. ZTE's self-developed intelligent computing solution can provide full-stack products from AI computing power, AI platform, large models and applications. In the field of telecom networks, it has launched a number of products such as network large model + intelligent core network O&M, anti-fraud large model + SMS anti-fraud, CV and LLM + New Calling/intelligent customer service. The telecom industry believes that "native intelligence" is one of the characteristic of 6G evolution of future networks. In terms of the core network, what are the main aspects of "native intelligence"? Weibin Wang: The deployment characteristics of 6G core network intelligence are mainly distributed, native, and ubiquitous. The distributed and native methods mainly solve the nearby real-time analysis and processing of data, reduce the additional network resource overhead caused by data centralization, reduce the delay, and improve the efficiency of data processing. Ubiquity is reflected in the use of AI to optimize the management of each node and process of the core network, enhance the security and reliability of the network, and achieve self-organization and autonomy of the network itself, at the same time, it is reflected in the key nodes (such as UPF) of the core network to process user business data, and the frame granularity intelligently guarantees the service experience, service continuity and ultimate determinism of connectivity, etc. The capabilities of native intelligence mainly include three aspects: Intelligent perception and analysis: Network anomaly detection (early perception), traffic analysis (intelligent DPI), user behavior analysis (mobile terminal trajectory prediction), security threat analysis (IoT terminal security threat perception), etc. Intelligent decision-making and control: Exception handling (autonomous decision-making), network optimization (network autonomous optimization), etc. Intelligent services and applications: Personalized service experience assurance (user service assurance), etc. At present, most of the operators have regarded intelligence as an important requirement of the network, so what aspects should be considered for the core network to introduce intelligence? Weibin Wang: With the continuous evolution of cloud-native and full convergence of core networks, the core network is becoming more and more complex, and the introduction of intelligence is particularly important, which can be reflected in three aspects: service intelligence, network intelligence, and O&M intelligence. Service intelligence: Intelligence can be applied to services such as New Calling and New Messaging. For example, in New Calling, AI can be used to complete functions such as background replacement, avatar replacement, gestures & voice expressions, and translation, so as to ensure the ultimate user experience of calling services. In New Messaging, ZTE and Chinese operators have completed the practice of anti-fraud SMS based on large model, and the interception rate has been greatly improved compared with the traditional model. Network intelligence: Based on the NWDAF-centric intelligent system architecture, it collaborates with network elements such as PCF, SMF, and UPF to complete closed-loop control of experience perception and assurance of key customers and key services, forming a hierarchical network quality assurance system, supporting operators' differentiated business models and assisting operators in creating more business value. In addition, to solve the pain points such as the emergence of new services in an endless stream, the difficulty of perception due to frequent changes in key service features, the intelligent DPI service identification capability on the UPF NE can be implemented and quickly sense service changes. O&M intelligence: The cloud-based and fully converged core network architecture leads to increasing O&M difficulties and costs. Too many network elements and complex cloud infrastructure hardware and software lead to potential catastrophic impacts in the event of a network failure. In the new O&M model, new technologies such as large model, digital twins, and intent-driven technologies are integrated into all stages of the network O&M lifecycle, such as service provisioning, monitoring and troubleshooting, and fault handling, to meet operators' requirements for high O&M efficiency and network stability and reliability. ZTE's core network is based on the “ZTE Nebulas large model”, and cooperates with professional intelligent O&M small models such as FM, Metrics, and Log to form an end-to-end O&M model system, enabling the continuous evolution of core network and cloud network intelligent O&M to L4+ high-level autonomous networks. In the future, ZTE will launch more intelligent applications, helping the operators build future-oriented native intelligence core network and accelerate the success of 5G commercialization.

ZTE announces strategic collaboration with Red Hat to accelerate 5G core innovation at MWC24

ZTE Corporation announced a strategic collaboration at MWC Barcelona 2024 with Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, to deliver a cutting-edge standalone 5G core network solution for telecommunication service providers across the world. This cooperation aims to enable service providers to achieve cloud-native and high performance networks for rapid launch of 5G service applications. Combining ZTE’s full-access cloud core and infrastructure, together with Red Hat Openshift, the industry’s leading hybrid cloud application platform powered by Kubernetes, it offers an agile and reliable standalone 5G core solution that can modernize network capabilities for service providers and drive innovation in the 5G space. A multi-vendor core network presents significant challenges to the complexity across various systems. ZTE addresses this complexity by offering end-to-end integration and comprehensive technical support service for hardware, cloud platforms, and CT/IT applications from third parties. This enables flexibility in network construction options and provides optimal service delivery for service providers. With Red Hat, ZTE is delivering customized telco-enhanced solutions across diverse markets. The notable achievements are including CelcomDigi Berhad (CelcomDigi) Malaysia’s largest mobile network operator, wherein ZTE and Red Hat collaborated to deliver standalone 5G core running on Red Hat OpenShift to achieve the first data call speed up to 1.3Gbps with 0% packet loss. Additionally, ZTE and Red Hat are actively collaborating with global customers to deliver high-quality connectivity and future-fit solutions, accelerating the next-generation 5G core network. Through this cooperation, service providers are poised to benefit from innovative solutions that modernize their 5G services, paving the way for the future of their 5G core network. ZTE and Red Hat have a shared commitment to driving technological advancements, and fostering strategic alliances that contribute to the growth and development of 5G core innovation in the telecommunications industry. Wang Quan, Vice President at ZTE, said,”We are proud to announce the successful completion of the first data call on the standalone 5G core in collaboration with CelcomDigi and look forward to more to come. This milestone underscores ZTE’s commitment to delivering cutting-edge technology that meets the high-performance standards of the telecommunications industry. Our collaboration with Red Hat has been fundamental in achieving this success, and highlighting the synergy between our certified network functions and Red Hat OpenShift.” Honoré LaBourdette, Acting Senior Vice President, Global Telco, and Vice President, Telco, Media and Entertainment Partner Ecosystem, Red Hat, said, “Red Hat is thrilled to expand our partnership with ZTE to help service providers deliver innovative 5G applications and services to their customers. Our partner ecosystem continues to be the beating heart behind many of the innovations driving telco business transformation today and into the future. With Red Hat OpenShift as the foundation for ZTE’s standalone 5G core, customers will be able to leverage cloud-native capabilities that deliver scalability, agility, and which future-proof the solution.”

ZTE introduces the AiCube Training and Inference Integrated Cabinet to accelerate development of AI models

Barcelona, Spain, 27 February, 2024 - ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a global leading provider of information and communication technology solutions, has launched the AiCube Training and Inference Integrated Cabinet at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024. This launch aims to provide operators and industry users with a comprehensive Al-In-One intelligent computing solutions, empowering intelligence and enhancing the efficiency of enterprise digital transformation. With the full-scale proliferation of AI models, their technologies undergo continuous updates and iterations, leading to a surge in industrial requirements. However, AI models encounter numerous challenges in practical applications, including lengthy R&D cycles, high entry thresholds for industries, and complex scenarios. In response to these challenges, ZTE has introduced the AiCube Training and Inference Integrated system. This system integrates computing, storage, network devices, and AI platform software, supporting mainstream AI frameworks. It aims to assist users in reducing the training and inference costs of proprietary domain models and lowering technical barriers. The ZTE AiCube Training and Inference Integrated system features fast delivery, on-demand allocation of resources, and security & easy-to-use. Users of the product can quickly use it without complex deployment and configuration processes, saving time and resources. In addition, users can flexibly allocate training and inference resources as required to achieve optimal performance and cost balance. The AiCube also offers an end-to-end tool chain that significantly lowers the threshold to model training. In addition, the AiCube has multiple kinds of built-in models and applications that enable local fine-tuning of private domain data to ensure data security. As a provider of full-stack intelligent computing solutions, ZTE remains committed to collaborating closely with operators and partners to continually promote the optimization and upgrading of computing power. The aim is to enrich model applications and collectively build a new intelligent computing ecosystem, injecting fresh momentum into the development of the digital economy.
ZTE introduces the AiCube Training and Inference Integrated Cabinet   to accelerate development of AI models

ZTE Drives Next-Gen Telecom Services With 5G New Calling

Today’s mobile devices and networks have become so sophisticated that we sometimes forget their most fundamental feature: calling.  Voice calls – both audio and video – remain the foundation of telecom operators’ service offerings. So operators should be prioritizing calling innovation just like the rest of their 5G (and beyond) capabilities – and yet the calling experience hasn’t really evolved much during the past two decades or so. “ZTE understands that critical requirement, which is why it has been investing – along with four major Chinese operators and other strategic partners – in 5G New Calling,” says Wang Quan, VP of ZTE Corporation, Deputy GM of Computing and Core Network. Based on the 3GPP R16 specification, 5G New Calling utilizes the high bandwidth and low latency capabilities of 5G and introduces a new IMS Data Channel (IMS DC) on top of VoLTE/VoNR audio and video channels.  Any multimedia data can be synchronously transmitted through IMS DC, which means traditional real-time calls become real-time interactive and immersive calls. Put another way: 5G New Calling gives basic voice calling a much-needed upgrade. It’s core benefits include: ·       It’s native and embedded in the mobile phone – no app download necessary. ·       It offers fully HD audio and video experiences, with VoLTE and VoNR support, of the sort that bring the traditional call into the modern digital age. ·       It’s highly interactive, thanks to the new IMS DC layered on top of the existing audio and video channel, enabling comprehensive multimedia (text, image, audio, video, H5, XR, etc.) exchange callers and call recipients. ·       It’s intelligent, with built-in AI capabilities that make intelligent calling a reality and enable value-added services for consumers – such as “funny calling” with AR, ASR, and Simultaneous Interpretation – and for a wide range of industries, delivering services such as AI-powered intelligent customer care. Indeed, 5G New Calling will allow operators to offer individual users – both consumers and business professionals alike – a wealth of new potential interactive services in their calling experience, such as background replacement, virtual avatars, digital human, screen sharing, and other features. Voice transcription capabilities can assist hearing-impaired callers eliminate communication barriers, for example, while intelligent translation services can enable international business calls and conferences. For industrial and/or commercial clients, 5G New Calling promises new service innovations in the age of IoT, edge computing architectures, and a massively growing number of new connected devices and users. 5G New Calling can integrate with industrial applications to reach users accurately, improve service efficiency, and meet remote and digital service development requirements, for example. Potential applications include intelligent customer service, remote troubleshooting and/or guidance, augmented reality tagging, among many others. It’s far more than mere potential, however: ZTE and key operators and partners are already putting 5G New Calling to the test. For example, ZTE have demonstrated the intelligent banking customer services through 5G New Calling, integrating innovative services such as enterprise business card, visual menu, screen sharing, remote guidance, electronic whiteboard, and content sharing, with banking business processes. At MWC 2024, ZTE released "5G New Calling White Paper". This white paper stressed that 5G New Calling offers a new opportunity for telcom voice service and showcased the practice experience in both video channel (VC) and data channel (DC) application. “This replaced and upgraded the bank’s traditional voice call customer service system with a new interactive, intelligent experience,” Wang Quan says. ZTE and other stakeholders see enormous potential for other 5G New Calling applications in the banking and insurance sectors, according to Wang Quan, such as the ability to offer AI-driven product recommendations in an interactive, immersive calling experience. ZTE and China Taiping, China's first transnational financial and insurance corporation, streamlined the company’s claim reporting and settlement processes with 5G New Calling. Previously, claims processing required employees to collect and manually enter data on-site, or required customers to separately complete forms in a mobile app after the initial service call. Now, 5G New Calling allows for everything to be completed in real-time during a single call, dramatically improving operational efficiency and customer experience. 5G New Calling Architecture: 3 Pillars ZTE is the only vendor in the industry that can provide an end-to-end new calling solution, including DC terminal, IMS core, new calling platform, service platform, and applications. That ties to the three main components of 5G New Calling architecture, each of which ZTE has helped pioneer – along with four major Chinese operators and other partners – through rigorous research, development, and testing. 1.     New terminal: 5G New Calling requires a terminal that supports DC functionality, enabling multimedia information exchange through DC channels. At the same time, it is necessary to support downloading and using applets from the network side. 2.     New network: 5G New Calling requires an IMS upgrade to support DC functionality. ZTE also evolved the media platform and added sophisticated AI capabilities to enhance the basic channels and media capabilities for new call services. 3.     New business: By deploying a new call platform, ZTE and operators can deliver new call services such as fun calling, voice transcription, voice translation, and digital human to mobile users. It is also delivering open API for third-party application platforms such as call centers, ringtone platforms, and multi-party video platforms, opening new opportunities for businesses across virtually every industry. 5G New Calling: Where It Stands Today – And What’s Coming In The Future 5G New Calling presents a considerable new opportunity for telecom operators to innovate not only basic calling, but also offer a wide range of new features and services to their customers that layer on top of calling or integrate with other applications. 5G New Calling is already available in China, and ZTE says leading operators in other markets are actively studying the technology and optimistic about future adoption as the ecosystem matures in areas like the 3GPP R18 specification and increased DC terminal production. To that end, ZTE is embracing a leadership role in cultivating increased participation and collaboration throughout the industry to develop a blueprint for 5G New Calling implementation – and a thriving ecosystem that embraces call innovation for mobile operators and users alike.
ZTE Drives Next-Gen Telecom Services With 5G New Calling
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