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From Strategy to Realization: the “Next Hop” of Self-Intelligence Network

At present, we are in the golden age of intelligent vigorous development. Behind the industry and scene, the demand of intelligent connection has become inevitable.


Recently, the International Standards Organization TM Forum held the 2022 Smart Network Global Industry Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. Industry leaders from many standard organizations, operators, industry partners and other industry leaders from around the world attended the summit to discuss smart transformation and innovative development. At the meeting, TM Forum released version 4.0 of Self-intelligence network white paper to the world. Several operators shared Self-intelligence network strategy and innovation practice, which showed that a new technology ecology is becoming more and more mature.


The Network “Self-intelligence” under the Demand


Digital economy takes digitized knowledge and information as key production factors, and modern information network is an important carrier. At present, with the continuous development and application of the new generation of mobile Internet represented by 5G and IoT technology, the enterprise network is expanding from auxiliary office to supporting production, from static configuration to on-demand adjustment, and from single-domain management to whole-network collaboration. The boundary of the network is constantly widening, and the quality attribute of the network is increasingly enhanced. For operators, the vigorous development of the global digital economy, communication operators are facing their own demand diversity, complex network operations, such as high OPEX challenges, from the initial telecom cloud infrastructure to the network infrastructure services, business can make all operators all hope to continue to improve its ability of intelligence operations, To achieve a highly stable network, efficient operations, and optimized experience.


Visible, the network itself as an important part of the infrastructure, is the cornerstone of the operation of the future digital infrastructure, but also guarantee the key of enterprise digital transformation, however, various industries have focus to the demand of digital transformation, the application of digital technology scenario is varied, the demand for infrastructure and intelligent network exists obvious difference, the intellectual network arises at the historic moment.


In the author’s opinion, the development of digital services has led to the growth of applications, which makes the workload of infrastructure become heavy and complex, and then leads to the network resource load imbalance and network failure problems downward, which directly reflects the poor experience of application scenarios upward. Therefore, it is particularly important to realize the intelligent allocation of the underlying network resources and the automatic allocation of network resources. The automatic network forms a closed loop between network resources and the network operation layer, constructs a virtuous cycle of digital foundation at the network level, and dynamically supports multiple application scenarios. At present, after the continuous exploration of the industrial chain, self-intelligence network has made many achievements.


China mobile, for example, as a representative of the operator in China, China mobile “intelligence network” should be the number intellectualization and social development, to “zero contact, zero wait, zero fault, self-configuring, self-healing, self-optimizing” “SanLing three-autonomy” as the vision, to build a network operations for intellectualization ability, for the operational production can assign, create greater value for customers.


In this conference, Han Lu, deputy general manager of China Mobile Communication Group Anhui Co., LTD., shared typical cases with the industry on Anhui Mobile building “three-self” network capability and improving “three-zero” user experience.


Among them, the green and low-carbon network can be realized through “self-configuration”, which can reduce the workload of operation and maintenance personnel by 30% in data centers, reduce refrigeration energy consumption by 13%, and save energy throughout the day in 5G base stations. Self-repair improves the end-to-end O&M efficiency, increases the effective alarm delivery rate by 20%, and shortens the critical fault handling time by 15 minutes. Through “self-optimization”, the refined operation of user experience is supported, and the average perception rate of 5G users is increased by 12%.


At the same time, on the basis of “three self”, Anhui Mobile innovation and integration application, promote technology enabling, to provide customers with “three zero” new experience, new value, new service, in the ToB market to build customer self-service toolbox, to provide customers with new value in the way of “zero contact”; For computing power network, the multi-domain interface of cloud network was opened, and the BO domain process was optimized to achieve the “zero waiting” experience of cloud network business. For the home network, the “active operation and maintenance mode” is introduced to reduce the complaint of optical access network failure by 25%, and make continuous progress to the “zero failure” network.


And, as the representative of the equipment maker huawei autopilot network solution adhering to the “single domain autonomy, cross-domain collaborative” concept, adhere to intelligent network and intelligent coordination evolution as the core concept for planning, design and product development, through three layers of open architecture of intelligence “to the network to intelligent, to the ops with platform”, help telecom operators to accelerate digital and intelligent transformation.


From Strategy to Implementation: Self-Intelligence Network White Paper 4.0 released


The author understands that this year is the fourth year that TMF publishes the white paper of self-wise network. “Since the intelligence network, the white paper 4.0 a total of more than 50 companies and more than 160 content contributors broad participation, including 24 operators, participate in and contribute more greatly increased by more than 50% in 2021, fully reflects the heat from the wisdom of the Internet industry, this paper not only summarizes refining the launch from the four elements of network implementation methodology, In addition, nearly 20 scenarios of UC are included, covering enabling vertical industries, business development, efficiency improvement, green energy saving and other aspects, which support operators to improve quality and efficiency, and help digital development.


To be specific, the White Paper 4.0 of Self-Intelligence Network brings together the latest industry trends and standard results. Aiming at the theme of “from strategy to implementation”, it gives views and suggestions from four aspects, including challenge analysis, implementation methods and practices, business cases and enabling technologies. Selected 19 industry hotspots related cases, such as “intentionally-driven self-intelligent network, self-intelligent network enabling East and West training, self-intelligent super ring enabling smart venues, and self-intelligent enabling vertical industry of 5G cloud network”. This paper systematically expounds the working mode of the concept of “three-layer architecture, closed-loop mechanism, self-X capability, single-domain autonomy-cross-domain collaboration” in the production service scenario of the operator, and also brings practical reference for the 2B revenue increase and service enabling that the operator is most concerned about. There is no doubt that the White Paper 4.0 of Self-intelligence Network will help industry partners to provide method guidance, practical reference and explore ideas, and jointly promote the healthy and prosperous development of self-intelligence network industry.


Jointly embrace the new blue ocean of the digital economy


From a macro perspective, different enterprises have different development processes and are in different stages of digital transformation, so the process of deploying self-intelligence network is not an overnight process. However, with the gradual maturity of self-intelligence network, its experience and role and value will drive more industrial chains to integrate into this ecology.


At present, after more than three years of accumulation, Self-Intelligence Network (AN) has reached a broad industrial consensus on “vision, architecture, grading standards, core concepts” and has become one of the Top 3 technology stacks of TM Forum.


There is no doubt that the current intelligence network industry scale development has reached a critical period, industry partners are supposed to be “SanLing three-autonomy” further agreed since the intelligence network performance index system, implemented in longitudinal and transverse cross major across levels of the two together, common focus on network automatic control, value of big data mining, AI zhi fu to three key, injection power is further “two integration”, We will continue to strengthen operators’ self-intelligent network capabilities to facilitate the construction of the digital economy and the intelligent transformation of thousands of industries.


Huawei ADN chief strategy Officer Lin Yongming pointed out that Huawei is willing to work with global operator partners to actively carry out value scenario innovation practice, practice TM Forum self-intelligence network target architecture, grading standards, performance indicators and operational practices four elements methodology, to help customers achieve the L3 in 2023, 2025 L4 strategic goals.


Looking back to the successful conclusion of the 2022 Zizhi Global Industry Summit, more and more operators choose Zizhi network as the core strategy to support their digital transformation. Zizhi network industry has stepped into the rapid development period from ideal to reality, from strategy to implementation, and jointly embrace the new blue ocean of digital economy.