Our Experiential Networked Intelligence Industry Specification Group (ENI ISG) is defining a Cognitive Network Management architecture, using Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques and context-aware policies to adjust offered services based on changes in user needs, environmental conditions and business goals.
The use of Artificial Intelligence techniques in the network management system should solve some of the problems of future network deployment and operation.
Our Roles & Activities
Our ISG on Experiential Networked Intelligence (ENI) develops standards for a Cognitive Network Management system with the aim to introduce a metric for the optimization and adjustment of the operator experience over time by taking advantage of machine learning and reasoning. We employ the ‘monitor-analyse-plan-execute’ control model which enables the system to adjust the offered services based on changes in user needs, environmental conditions and business goals.
The policy modelling will encompass open intelligent functionality for network configuration and management. We provide inputs and objectives to support the industry’s progress in intelligent policy-based management.
The introduction of technologies such as SDN, NFV and network slicing means that networks are becoming more flexible and powerful. These technologies transfer much of the complexity in a network from hardware to software, from the network itself to its management and operation. ENI will make the deployment of SDN and NFV more intelligent and efficient and will assist the management and orchestration of the network.
ENI has specified a set of use cases and the derived requirements for a generic technology independent architecture of a network supervisory assistant system based on the ‘observe-orient-decide-act’ control loop model. This model can assist decision-making systems, such as network control and management systems, to adjust services and resources offered based on changes in user needs, environmental conditions and business goals.
A gap analysis of work on context-aware and policy-based standards is being considered, working with other Standards Developing Organizations to reuse existing standardized solutions for legacy and evolving network functions wherever possible. Adding closed-loop AI mechanisms based on context-aware, metadata-driven policies to more quickly recognize and incorporate new and changed knowledge, and hence, make actionable decisions, in day-to-day-operations. Security and a closed loop learning policy-model are subjects to be addressed shortly.
A full list of related standards in the public domain is accessible via the ENI committee page.
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ETSI hosted ENI#12 meeting and Proof of Concept (PoC) Demos in its headquarters in Sophia Antipolis, France, on 9-12 December 2019. The meeting can be summarized as follows:
- 34 delegates present F2F out of 41 registered, (Vodafone & NTT participating with email)
- 7 operators represented, from Asia and Europe
- 110 documents handled
On 9 & 10 December there were demos of most of the completed and progressing PoCs PoC#1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7. This generated discussions and interest with other ETSI members and participants of meetings in the ETSI HQs at the same week. Especially, delegates from Industry Specification Group (ISG) Zero-touch network and Service Management (ZSM) and Technical Committee (TC) SmartM2M.
The ENI#11 meeting was hosted by China Telecommunications in the research & development labs in Beijing on 24-26 September 2019.
- 31 people were registered, emails were received from ISG members not able to be in Beijing, their views were considered
- Operators were present: TIM, China Telecom, China Mobile, NTT and Portugal Telecom
- 3 Government Ministry Institutes are members, China, Japan and South Korea
- 131 documents were handled
The ENI#10 meeting was hosted by Altice Labs / Portugal Telecom on 9-11 July, 2019, at their headquarters by the canals of Aveiro, Portugal.
The meeting was very productive and significant progress was made. To sum it up, we finalized the work on the ENI use cases, requirements and system architecture for Release 1. As a result, the final drafts for approval of these specifications are now available and their publication is expected to take place in September. In addition, we advanced the work on the means of intent aware networks, categorization of AI within networks, including discussion on semantics around the work in Release 2.
ENI#8 was held on 3-5 December in 5Tonic labs in Madrid, hosted by UC3M (University Carlos III of Madrid) and Telefonica: the host gave a presentation of the 5tonic laboratory. Attendees included members and participants of the group including Government Ministry Institutes. It was a fruitful meeting with over 80 documents handled.
This meeting was important to discuss the ISG ENI extension terms of reference for Release 2 going into its second term. The group updated the Terms of Reference accordingly and will ask ETSI’s Director General for an extension from April 2019 to March 2021, based on the growing ongoing and future work of the group.
Expected and Future work of ETSI ISG ENI
ETSI ISG ENI Chairman, Aria’s Head of Research and ISG ENI Technical manager Outline ETSI ENI’s AI Use Cases, System Architecture and the China Telecom Led Proof of concept at SDN NFV World Congress in The Hague.
Over the last few years, Layer123’s SDN NFV World Congress has emerged as the best place to assess the mood and state of progressive thinking in telecom operations. So it was fitting that this year’s program included a progress report from the Experiential Networked Intelligence (ENI) Industry Specification Group (ISG) team developing a reference model for the use of AI in telecom operations.