Ultra-Broadband Forum 2021: Recap of Autonomous Networks Session

I was delighted to chair an Ultra-Broadband Forum (UBBF) session on #autonomousnetworks at #ubbf2021 in Dubai during the week of 18 October. UBBF is a yearly executive-level invited event sponsored by the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and Huawei. This year the theme was “Extend Connectivity, Drive Growth.”

There were four sessions:

  • Keynote
  • Intelligent Cloud Network
  • All-Optical Target Network
  • Autonomous Networks

In this blog, I recap at high level, each of the talks in the session.

Mark Mortensen, ACG Research, The ACG Autonomous Networks Roadmap

My introductory talk focused on autonomous networks, the TM Forum’s vision of the future. I gave a historical overview of network automation from 1978 to today and shared my thoughts on a roadmap for autonomous networks implementation at scale.This roadmap takes a CSP on the autonomous networks journey and extends proven automation techniques to the area of AI/ML while incorporating the latest technological advances in network intelligence. It requires both external software and increased network operational intelligence to achieve autonomous networks.

Click to download the synopsis of all conference talks.

Contact me at mmortensen@acgcc.com for further information.



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