Intel Nick McKeown: Seize the Opportunity of the Second Phase of 5G, the Four Super Powers Reshape the Telecom Industry

Last week, China Mobile’s largest and most influential event every year-2021 China Mobile Global Partners Conference opened grandly in Guangzhou. With the theme of “Number is the Intelligent Computing Future of Everything”, this conference fully demonstrated the latest products, technologies, solutions, application scenarios, business forms and business models of China Mobile and its ecological partners in the “5G+” digital intelligence.

As an important participant and key promoter of the “5G+” industrial ecosystem, Intel was invited to participate in the conference and joined hands with industrial ecosystem partners to showcase the latest 5G cloud-network integration end-to-end products and 5G innovative applications and solutions; helping China Mobile fully open 5G The development of large-scale applications empowers the transformation and upgrading of digital intelligence in various industries, and jointly opens a new era of digital intelligence.

As Intel’s senior vice president and general manager of the Network and Edge Business Unit Nick McKeown pointed out in the main forum, the “four super technical powers” ​​are fundamentally changing the way the communications industry designs, operates networks, and provides network services. “5G is not only driving a new era of mobile device innovation, but also creating a huge business opportunity at the edge through Industry 4.0 and smart cities. From the cloud to the communication service provider, to the edge, the entire network is undergoing the same changes. “

To grasp the opportunities of the times brought about by major changes, it is more dependent on collaboration based on a broad ecosystem. Intel has a unique advantage in the ever-evolving 5G ecosystem. “Intel brings together leaders and innovators in telecommunications, cloud, IoT, and various industries to define 5G solutions with open source software, open APIs, and standards-based technologies. For decades, Intel and China Mobile have established a long-term partnership. , Jointly promoted transformation and innovation, and empowered the ecosystem across networks, edges and clouds. We look forward to continuing to cooperate with China Mobile to accelerate the deployment of 5G applications.” Nick McKeown said.

From the core to the edge

The four superpowers are reshaping the communications industry

Nick McKeown said that the entire world is becoming digitized, and semiconductors are the basic technology that drives innovation, and the world needs exponentially increased computing power. In the words of Intel CEO Pat Kissinger, ubiquitous computing, infrastructure from the cloud to the edge, ubiquitous connectivity, and artificial intelligence are changing the world.

The massive computer communication between servers in the cloud data center requires the highest communication speed in the world and needs to be completely controlled by software. At the edge, the network is connecting to the software to allow the introduction of new services in the software. The ubiquitous connection represented by 5G realizes that everyone and everything are connected to each other. Ubiquitous artificial intelligence makes the infinite amount of data generated meaningful. “Each superpower is impressive, and together they will reinforce and amplify each other, helping our customers seize the fastest growing opportunities.” Nick McKeown pointed out.

In Nick McKeown’s view, the “four super technical forces” are fundamentally changing the way the communications industry design, operate networks, and provide network services, and are also opening the way for a new era of innovation in network transformation.

Virtualization and cloudification are the first steps in network transformation. In the past ten years, Intel has worked with partners including China Mobile to transition to NFV. Today, as the industrial ecology enters the 5G and edge era, it is shifting to cloud native. The key is to achieve a cloud-like architecture, which brings the same server economic benefits as the data center.

Nick McKeown believes that in the 5G era, operators need to build software-defined, agile and scalable infrastructure, covering everything from the core network to the access network to the edge. This change started in the core network, and the adoption of NFV for 5GC deployment has become a consensus; it is expected that by 2024, the global network transformation and the huge driving force of 5G will increase this market segment to more than 80%.

The same story is happening in the areas of wireless access and intelligent edge. According to Zhuang Binghan, vice president of Intel’s sales and marketing department and general manager of carrier customer sales in the Asia-Pacific region, cloudification on the RAN side is the focus of the industry. Intel and partners have launched a virtualization-based RAN technology, which gives RAN a higher Flexibility and scalability have been deployed by multiple operators around the world. According to him, Intel has recently joined hands with more than 20 partners to accelerate the development of vRAN products in the field of cloud-based small stations.

Grasp the second phase of 5G opportunity

Unleashing $4.3 trillion in industry value

5G will revolutionize enterprises with its high-capacity, higher reliability, lower latency, and high-bandwidth connection characteristics.

The KPMG report shows that $4.3 trillion of industry value is waiting to be released by 5G, and revenue will increase by 8% in the next few years, especially in the fields of manufacturing retail, financial services and healthcare. Initially, the manufacturing and retail industries will be the biggest winners; but in terms of growth, the ICT, media, and transportation industries will be able to make the most of 5G.

Nick McKeown pointed out that 5G not only provides flexibility through network functions running in the cloud, it also provides a variety of deployment models from public to dedicated. Companies can explore various access connectivity deployment options, providing use cases with selected levels of control and investment. In fact, this is also the common choice of all mainstream operators in the world. Based on the principle of “networking with business and network construction on demand”, China Mobile has launched three modes of “private, exclusive, and exclusive” for 5G private networks to help industry customers quickly build safe, reliable, stable performance, and service-visible services. The customized dedicated network meets the needs of customers for data non-availability, ultra-low latency, and ultra-large bandwidth, and realizes high-definition video backhaul, remote control and other operational scenarios.

“5G is not only promoting innovation in mobile devices, but also creating a huge business opportunity at the edge through Industry 4.0, smart cities, etc. The transformation starts in the cloud, from the core network to the access network to the edge. In the end, software is king.” Nick McKeown said.

In the cloud, cloud service providers have entered the age of heterogeneous computing, with the proliferation of accelerators (such as GPU and AI accelerators), the introduction of the IPU concept, and the ascendant computing power network, which is bound to achieve a higher level of performance and economies of scale. On the network side, in every part of the network infrastructure, business functions can be transferred from fixed equipment to software, making the network more reliable, secure and scalable. Operators can transform the network by themselves and add new functions to the network through software.

And this is Intel’s strengths. As the only company that provides a complete set of hardware and software to build an end-to-end programmable network. Intel and China Mobile are cooperating in depth on all levels of the new information infrastructure of “5G + computing power network + smart middle station”. For example, in the IPU field that the industry is most concerned about, the two parties have worked together to improve and optimize the infrastructure.

Of course, to realize the vision of omnipresent network, ubiquitous computing power, and ubiquitous intelligence, the collaboration of a broad ecosystem is inseparable. “Intel Network Builders is a proven ecosystem with more than 400 network software and solution providers. In the past ten years, the ecosystem has completed thousands of tested deployments.”

Zhuang Binghan also pointed out in the interview that in the past two decades, Intel and China Mobile have established a long-term partnership. “From the equipment selection and load optimization of the earliest IT support system, to the later network virtualization and network reconstruction, to the public cloud for the intelligent transformation of thousands of industries; whether it is in hardware infrastructure, software optimization or open source In the community, Intel and China Mobile have many technical overlaps. The two companies have jointly promoted transformation and innovation, and empowered an ecosystem across networks, edges and clouds. We look forward to continuing to cooperate with China Mobile to accelerate the deployment of 5G applications and achieve A shared vision for all of us.”

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