Telecom service providers should explore new projects – technology

(Panama City-ANPanamá) According to Chris Wright, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Red Hat, 2024 has a lot of interesting plans in the works for service providers who need to operate in the telecom industry.

One of these projects is artificial intelligence (AI), and as 2024 approaches, the adoption of AI is set to reach new levels, transforming industries and changing the landscape of organizations.

“The distributed nature of telecommunications networks, combined with the gravity and sovereignty of data, creates space for AI to navigate complexity and automate network lifecycles more efficiently,” Wright said.

Both predictive and generative AI are expected to play a major role in increasing developer productivity, he said. It is still too early to determine how AI will work in this environment and what organizations will need to do to meet security, privacy and compliance requirements.

On the other hand, Wright noted that service providers will pay more attention to system security and risk management as disaggregated networks create perfectly defined layers by applying cloud-native design principles.

It's an opportunity to think holistically about security-in-depth, or security, at every layer that protects applications in place, starting with hardware, extending to platform software, and providing a transparent interface that expands the attack surface.

He also noted that sustainability has attracted widespread attention worldwide in response to regulatory pressures, stakeholder expectations and the urgent need to mitigate rising energy costs.

The telecom sector's current share of 2% to 3% of global energy consumption and data centers, which consume about 2% of global energy, highlight its importance.

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Meanwhile, service providers face significant capital and operational cost challenges as they invest in: modernizing legacy IT and network capabilities, expanding fiber optic reach to remain competitive, 5G core networks for new service offerings, and expanding RAN availability to improve efficiency.

While thinking about these initiatives, the focus of service providers will be to adopt intelligent automation and AI technologies. The ultimate goal is to improve overall business and operational efficiency across network, security, infrastructure and applications in a hybrid/multi-cloud environment.

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