Intel and NTT collaborate on communications infrastructure R&D. AI enables video at the edge. How the pandemic affects the 5G market. A retail use case for 5G and edge computing. And the reason telcos may want to adapt telco clouds.
As networks need to handle more and more traffic, service providers need to step up and meet demand. To help make that happen, Intel and NTT have teamed up to conduct R&D for future communications infrastructure technologies, including the ability to gather smart insights at the edge.
Video can be both a promising and problematic workload. It has many edge applications, and it also involves a whole lot of data. But we’re starting to see successful real-world deployments that integrate AI, ML, and analytics to make video applications work well in manufacturing, retail, and more.
The race toward a 5G world has been going on for a while, and the global pandemic has further highlighted the importance of connectivity. So how has the 5G situation changed, and what does the future hold for 5G? According to Ericsson’s Mobility Report, we’ll see 190 million subscriptions this year, and a forecasted 2.8 billion in 2025.
If you’ve wondered how retail stores can enforce social distancing, you’re not alone. AT&T’s CTO for network services, Andre Fuetsch, says this would make a good use case for 5G and edge computing. Combined with computer vision, these technologies could monitor distances and even check if employees are wiping down surfaces.
Telcos have invested a lot in 5G. Understandably, they want to see a fast return on their investment. One way to make that happen: embracing telco clouds. By striking partnerships with cloud providers and transitioning to an OpEx model, they could begin to make 5G more affordable and turn profits faster.