Reliance Jio, Airtel and Huawei Battle It Out With Next-Gen AI Solutions At India Mobile Congress
The telecom sector’s AI prowess was on full display at the recently concluded India Mobile Congress organised by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Cellular Operator Association of India (COAI) between October 14 and 16 at Aerocity, Delhi. The event attracted various leading vendors in the telecom, networking, and other technology sectors who unveiled various products in IoT, 5G and AI.
Here are the key takeaways from this year:
India’s biggest telecom company that ousted Bharti Airtel to lead the Indian market unveiled its patent-filed artificial intelligence-powered Video Call Assistant at India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2019. This all-new AI bot would allow businesses to take their customer service to the next level by allowing them to automate their communications.
The company also launched Jio smart security with AI-centric security and surveillance, involving smart cameras and automatic car entry; managed society Wi-Fi and communication; Smart Building solutions using IoT. Using Jio’s narrowband IoT showcased at IMC, you can monitor real-time outdoor lighting, waste management, guard efficiency, water consumption, diesel generators and fire safety. Jio also unveiled SG-LAN, an intelligent solution for converged access with Radisys.
Bharti Airtel too unveiled industrial solutions for smart factories and other innovations like next-generation data centre that have the potential of driving deep analytics for great customer experience. Other solutions included adaptive traffic control system, city-wide surveillance, traffic enforcement system.
Airtel’s AI-powered video analytics security and surveillance program integrates advanced features like facial recognition and object detection. Airtel showcased the next level of remote communication in healthcare, allowing doctors to manoeuvre a robot arm in real-time.
The company showcased the country’s first smart massive MIMO optimisation based on AI technology for Vodafone Idea network. The MIMO optimisation helps create a pre-5G network for the participating networks which will be made to full-fledged 5G network in coming time. The technology adds automation capabilities to its network, improving optimisation efficiency, boosting cell capacity and enhancing end-user experience of the network. Industrial-level innovation that targets customer experience is at the heart of Huawei’s future vision in India. The telecom giant also rolled out Intelligent Operation Center (IOC)- a solution specifically designed for India’s smart cities of the future.
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Amercian semiconductor giant Qualcomm showcased its WiFi 6 products which have higher throughput in congested environments and provides low latency. Other product offerings from Qualcomm included a smart indoor camera which provides live remote monitoring with a 2-way talk using AI-powered person/face detection, 5G connected ambulances and a smart glove that performs ultrasounds.
Qualcomm collaborated with Ericsson to demo India’s first 5G video con millimetre-wave (mmWave) spectrum. Apart from that, Qualcomm also demonstrated a digital walkie talkie has a voice-over LTE allowing users to make video calls, VoIP, share texts and multimedia to users using the technology.
Startup India presented smart network connectivity solutions ranging from next-generation WiFi, WiFi for 5G, and India’s first automated cloud platform. Startup India introduced Sensorise which is an M2M service provider with the practice of supplying end to end solution in life cycle management of remote asset e-sim and IoT devices.
At a time when the country’s telecom sector is going through a time and riddled with various financial challenges, India Mobile Congress gave a ray of hope for the industry. Leveraging the power of 5G, AI and IoT, hundreds of demos proved India’s telecom will eventually recover strongly as the country’s move towards the $ 5 trillion GDP target. Next to watch is 5G spectrum allocation which will take place in the current fiscal. It is expected that the telecom players will likely bid aggressively to cement their showcased innovations.
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Vishal Chawla is a senior tech journalist at Analytics India Magazine and writes about AI, data analytics, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and blockchain. Vishal also hosts AIM's video podcast called Simulated Reality- featuring tech leaders, AI experts, and innovative startups of India.