Rakuten Symphony shines a spotlight on 5G, AI and Open RAN at MWC Las Vegas 2023

September 13, 2023
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Planning to be in Las Vegas later this month for Mobile World Congress and don’t want to gamble with your time? Make sure to attend Rakuten Symphony speaker sessions on 5G, Open RAN and AI.

According to the GSMA, in the four years since the standardization of 5G, services have been launched in 98 countries by more than 256 operators covering 50% of global markets and more than 1/3 of the global population.

Now, in addition to new deployments to cover the rest of the population, operators face the challenge of managing network complexity, moving to standalone 5G and taking advantage of the potential for new services.

That’s where Open RAN and AI come in.

Unlocking Open RAN

At MWC Las Vegas 2023, Rakuten Symphony CMO Geoff Hollingworth will join a panel titled “Unlocking a World of Opportunity with Open RAN.” All carriers that are moving to 5G standalone should be seriously considering Open RAN for its lower cost and innovation advantages. Hollingworth will make this point during his panel which is part of the 5G Futures Summit (9/26 at 4:30 pm) and will include representatives from AWS, TIP, Dell, Radisys, and Wipro.

Hollingworth sees a role for Open RAN as part of a “Mobile as a Software” approach to building scalable, automated, flexible, adaptable 5G networks. He’s written a white paper that provides “all you need to know” about Mobile as a Software (which you can download here).

AI and 5G innovation

AI is an emerging technology that is being used to combat complexity and improve customer experience in 5G networks and will be the topic that Anshul Bhatt, Rakuten Symphony’s Head of Intelligent Operations, will discuss on his panel titled “How Will AI Power The Next Wave Of 5G Innovation?” The panel (9/26 at 1:30 p.m. PT) is moderated by Shreya Majumder, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company and features experts from Movandi, Microsoft, Tricentis and Qualcomm.

Bhatt’s presentation will be enriched by his deep experience with AI for operations, serving as the head of AI Operations for the Rakuten Mobile’s Service Experience Center. In addition, he brings a broader, market-oriented perspective from his position as Head of Symworld Solutions for Rakuten Symphony. In that job he has overseen the tight integration of AI for network automation.

New era for 5G

It’s a new era for 5G networks as operators expand their standalone networks and evolve their initial network deployments to reduce costs through AI-based automation and Open RAN. These two sessions by Rakuten Symphony experts provide a sure bet for all MWC Las Vegas attendees that want to impact the success of their 5G networks.

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