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AI-powered cooperation for efficient networks

URN C23.0.472
Topics Autonomous networks, Ecosystem management, Service orchestration

Go green powered by AI; maximize CSP resource efficiency and minimize energy consumption and negative environmental impact

As CSPs increasingly focus their commercial initiatives on network services, particularly 5G slicing, the planning and optimization of new services is absorbing more and more resources – meaning deep automation is required to maintain an economical cost/service ratio. This Catalyst will develop a new methodology for resource allocation optimization in 5G networks that will benefit CSPs, end users, and the environment. It aims to improve the coefficient used to identify these costs – enabling CSPs to achieve continuous optimization of resource allocation and improve policies around service offerings. The project will develop a new methodology for resource allocation optimization in 5G networks. The methodology will take into account a wide range of factors, including technical, economic, and environmental. The methodology will be implemented in a software platform that will allow CSPs to automate the optimization process.


► Catalyst Team Overview: Vodafone (Champion) and Orange (Champion) - The technical leads, providing guidance to ensure the alignment of the Catalyst contribution with TM Forum assets. Their expertise aids in creating realistic network scenarios that closely mirror real-world networks in terms of architecture and parameters. They play a crucial role in shaping the showcase scenarios. Comarch (Participant) - As both project and marketing leads, Comarch also takes on the role of technical co-leads. They are responsible for driving the end-to-end sequence of Catalyst scenarios and preparing test scenarios. Additionally, Comarch oversees the provisioning and implementation of the Multicriteria Intelligent Resource Allocation (MIRA) algorithm logic. They provide the necessary OSS and AI platforms for the project's execution. NATEC (Participant) - Is tasked with providing the integration layer platform for the project. Their expertise contributes to the integration guidance and support required for a seamless operation. Similar to other participants, NATEC is involved in aligning the Catalyst contribution with TM Forum assets. Inetum (Participant) - Is focused on implementing the On Guard Tour algorithm, which determines the CSPs responsible for managing the RAN. They also handle the integration logic. Much like the other participants, Inetum's role extends to ensuring alignment with TM Forum assets. ► Impact on transforming the telco industry: Sensitivity to greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon footprint of telecommunications activities. Awareness of this problem is global and there is an element that differentiates and influences the choices of customers of telecommunications services. The telecommunications industry has a significant share in total electricity consumption, estimated at 2%. In the basic variant, it is used to significantly reduce costs by switching off redundant elements of the telecommunications network. Our Catalyst uses a method based not only on static traffic forecasts but also on a flexible AI model. It was designed as an agile solution, an open platform that can dynamically control changing conditions and react according to flexible criteria and parameter values, optimize the RAN access network, and respond to changes in the current situation and more complex traffic models. It also uses information obtained from the characteristics and levels of energy consumption, including the virtualization of network elements, to make more adequate network configuration decisions. It also has a fully automated module responsible for organizing the execution of self-designed reconfigurations in the network. It is responsible for the optimal sequence of changes and adaptation of orders to the specificity of the equipment. A completely new factor is the ability to include information on the availability and level of green energy in the set of criteria. In addition to reducing costs and the carbon footprint, the business model of telecommunications companies is changing. So far, the competitive model has prevailed. Challenges related to the emergence of new generation networks, operating on the basis of new technologies, in new frequency bands, and having many times greater data transmission capacity - the cost of energy creates and strengthens the need for cooperation between operators. Our Catalyst is an example of such fair and transparent cooperation between two operators in a win-win scenario.

Comprehensive knowledge & materials

White Paper

Arena Presentation Outline

How metrics evolve when using placement with MIRA optimization approach

Inform feature

Smart coverage adjustment between CSPs brings us a step closer to carbon net zero

Publications about our Catalyst project

Comarch press release

TM Forum blog article

Catalyst video trailer

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Team members

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