Defining Artificial Intelligence, the Ericsson’s Way – KT PRESS

Todd Ashton, Head of Ericsson South and East Africa

The Industrial revolution has at all times acquired a lift and a typical denominator that takes it to the subsequent degree and at present, Artificial Intelligence(AI) is the principle driver which is right here to remain on this digital period. 

AI will not be anymore a software of the media trade the place it simply serves to unravel easy use circumstances with easy AI algorithms.

In the opposite, AI is intervening in additional advanced industries, with extra advanced challenges, fixing and offering use circumstances the place rather more financial worth is at stake. 

“For example, in the communications sector, connecting everyone, connecting everything, everywhere, at any time, on demand, is an enormously complex task, with equally complex infrastructure and technology,” says Todd Ashton(T.A), Head of Ericsson South and East Africa.

 The official explains rather more concerning the magical service the AI is giving the world to attain whereas answering a few questions. 

 What is AI for Ericsson? 

T.A: As a multinational networking and telecommunications firm, Artificial Intelligence is a crucial talent area and know-how for creating enterprise worth when it comes to improved efficiency, increased effectivity, enhanced buyer expertise in addition to creating new enterprise fashions and use circumstances for 5G, IoT and enterprises throughout Africa.

With 5G now a business actuality, the flexibility to successfully acquire, analyze and autonomously act on real-time knowledge will probably be an accelerator in the direction of making the digital economic system a actuality and it’ll assist us create new jobs specializing in extra superior talent units.

From Ericsson’s perspective and our personal implementation of the know-how, AI adoption is crucial to environment friendly community administration and operations. AI and automation will assist handle the complexity of 5G networks, drive efficiencies and enhance buyer expertise in addition to open new income streams for communications service suppliers (CSPs).

Why is AI vital in our lives?

T.A: From each an financial and client perspective, AI will revolutionize our lives. In enterprise, throughout industries, AI is being utilized in all method of the way to enhance productiveness, enhance operational efficiencies, and ship excellent buyer expertise. 

From a client perspective, media streaming platforms reminiscent of Spotify and Netflix show AI in motion, because the algorithms analyze person habits, and that of individuals with related habits, to suggest new TV exhibits, movies, and music. But these examples resolve easy use circumstances with easy AI algorithms.

What AI is doing in additional advanced industries, with extra advanced challenges is fixing and offering use circumstances the place rather more financial worth is at stake. For instance, within the communications sector, connecting everybody, connecting all the pieces, in every single place, at any time, on demand, is an enormously advanced process, with equally advanced infrastructure and know-how. AI helps to unravel the challenges alongside the best way, nevertheless it doesn’t accomplish that with one broad, basic brush. 

At Ericsson, we have now been working with AI for greater than a decade and take a distinct method from many others. We develop AI to unravel the correct issues: the correct issues for our clients, and never issues exterior of these. We are embedding AI deeply all through our portfolio and providers particular to make use of circumstances that may scale to all our clients.

What projections for the 5 coming years that one can anticipate in the usage of AI in Rwanda and East Africa?

T.A: Digital transformation and innovation are important options to propel Africa in the direction of the long run. Connectivity will energy Africa’s digital future and in reaching a constructive impression on folks’s lives. However, smarter, AI fueled networks will speed up Africa’s digital agenda, and drive the progress and prospects of 5G in Africa. We see AI as a option to handle a few of the logistical challenges confronted in our enterprise which have been made extra apparent through the ongoing disaster associated to COVID-19. Ultimately, AI and automation will inevitably create worth throughout the lifecycle of community operations in East Africa.

The unprecedented occasions of 2020 have introduced into focus the vital position that digital infrastructure performs within the functioning of just about each facet of latest society. Africa is dwelling to over a billion folks and the inhabitants is predicted to develop within the coming years. It can also be a continent with probably the most rising economies. ICT is crucial for Africa’s growth and enough ICT service deployment and digital connectivity will play a vital position in reaching financial sustainability within the continent.

The authorities of Rwanda’s National Artificial Intelligence Policy is a big step in its goals to harness AI, digital and rising applied sciences to assist the nation’s growth targets together with sustainable and inclusive progress, grow to be an ICT and Innovation Hub, and place Rwanda as a pacesetter on the African and world stage. We will proceed to associate intently with the nation to assist develop worthwhile use circumstances for AI throughout the nation in its imaginative and prescient for a sustainable economic system.

How Ericsson Company is contributing to the event of AI in Rwanda and on this area?

T.A: Rwanda’s Information Communications and Technology panorama has considerably developed over the previous few years. Ericsson’s position as a trusted advisor to Rwanda will see the deployment of providers reminiscent of e-health, e-education, e-government, good utilities and cybersecurity safety, all propelled by AI to completely leverage the infrastructure funding and empower folks to achieve their full potential. Our imaginative and prescient of a Networked Society in Africa is being actualized via this and we’re comfortable to have the ability to assist Rwanda on this thrilling journey.

Our long-term partnership with Rwanda has beforehand concerned specializing in constructing capability and abilities within the nation that may very well be handed over to the federal government together with chosen non-public sector gamers. Based on the main position that Rwanda performs within the Smart Africa Alliance, this collaboration will set up a public non-public partnership mannequin that may profit different members of the alliance.

In the time of the pandemic, Ericsson has been on the forefront in responding to the wants of individuals when it comes to entry to hurry communication.  What lesson one can get from the expertise of the pandemic vis-a -vis dashing of data supply?

T.A: If there’s one factor the pandemic has demonstrated, it’s the worth of staying related.  We see connectivity as a fundamental human proper. The collaboration with telecommunications service suppliers was key to growing the connectivity options we’re counting on greater than ever at present, and will probably be key for enabling future innovation to convey us even nearer collectively. ICT standardization efforts are on the coronary heart of making community options that may maintain our society working, even below stress. Safeguarding and strengthening our key digital infrastructures – in addition to enabling the continual growth of the underlying know-how – may even be essential as Africa emerges from the disaster – and has the potential to propel Africa right into a steep and sustainable progress cycle.

How far is Ericsson in deploying 5G Infrastructures in Africa? Can you inform us about the identical case in East African Region?

T.A: Ericsson is progressing with 5G infrastructure in Africa. Ericsson 5G is now commercially dwell with MTN in South African cities as of July 2020. Additionally, Telma Madagascar has switched on its 5G business community powered by Ericsson. The 5G community is now dwell in a number of cities in Madagascar.

We are dedicated to evolving community infrastructure in East Africa, and to that finish Airtel Africa agreed to broaden its strategic partnership with Ericsson to allow 4G protection in Kenya. With Ericsson’s Radio Access Network (RAN) and packet core merchandise for 4G, Airtel subscribers will expertise enhanced high quality of voice and knowledge.  Nearly all radio tools we have now been putting in since mid-2016 is upgradeable to 5G, so when the enterprise case is smart and the regulators permit, we will assist our clients in launching 5G throughout the area.

The community modernization deal, signed in August 2020, is in keeping with the ‘Kenyan Digital Economy Blueprint Vision 2030’ which goals to supply sturdy connectivity in rural areas and facilitate e-commerce platforms. 

We stay up for additional agreements to reinforce networks throughout East Africa.

Ericsson and Airtel have not too long ago entered into partnership with Airtel Telecommunication. What fruits are you thus far harvesting from the partnership and briefly tell us the elements of the partnership?

T.A: The modernization take care of our long run associate Airtel will simplify and improve the present community whereas futureproofing it for the anticipated and fast growth of cell connectivity within the nation.

With Ericsson Radio System, Packet Core and our new Kathrein Mobile Communications superior antenna options, Airtel Kenya’s community may have expanded protection and capability,, whereas driving enhanced use circumstances for each the patron and the enterprise segments. Additionally, our distinctive Ericsson know-how may even get the community in Kenya prepared for 5G deployment.

Together with Airtel, we have now been implementing this challenge and establishing a complicated 4G community in Kenya, offering Airtel’s clients with an enriched expertise – each within the client and enterprise segments. Through this partnership, we reaffirm our ambition to set ‘Africa in motion’ by partnering with Airtel to develop and assist an more and more digitalized society in Kenya.


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