ETSI Releases New Version of Self-Adapting Autonomous Networks Standards
Thursday, January 13, 2022 | Comments

Following on from meetings conducted in late 2021, the Emergency Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has now completed Release 2 of its experiential networked intelligence (ENI) specifications with the ETSI GS ENI 005 system architecture.

ETSI GS ENI 005 and associated documents will provide better insight into network operations, allowing more effective closed-loop decision-making plus better lifecycle management. Through its use, operators will be able to leverage acquired data and apply artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to it. This will mean that they can respond much quicker to changing situations and gain far greater agility. The services being delivered across their networks may thereby be rapidly adapted and the resources they have available correctly assigned in accordance with subscribers’ requirements, or any other alterations in circumstances.

ETSI first established an industry specification group (ISG) focused on ENI five years ago. The organizations involved include many of the leading mobile operators worldwide.

ETSI ENI Release 2 defines the key architectural requirements (GS ENI 002) and provides a more comprehensive array of potential use cases (GS ENI 001) and applicable proof of concept specifications. To support this release, the ENI ISG has produced a series of reports. These cover data characterization, fault identification, the different types of AI mechanisms that can be employed (along with details of the associated bias and ethical implications), the constituent functional blocks needed for modular design implementations and how to assure their interoperability.

“ENI will have an important part to play in how next-generation networks are managed, making them contextually aware and giving them greater inherent flexibility,” said ETSI ENI ISG Chair Dr. Raymond Forbes. “Use cases and PoCs are already enabling its validity to be demonstrated, and with ETSI ENI Release 2, we are providing a framework upon which operators and their technology partners can implement it into their infrastructure.”

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