Ericsson to Advance AI, 6G and Edge Research in India

Ericsson has announced a partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) to advance AI and edge compute research in India

A recently announced collaboration between Ericsson and IIT Kharagpur signals a move towards developing AI-driven solutions and distributed computing technologies in India. 

Technologies like this are essential when it comes to shaping the upcoming 6G network landscape. Both organisations aim to place India at the forefront of global digital transformation efforts, particularly when it comes to AI research and development (R&D) and compute.

This news comes during a time where enterprises are continuing their investments into India, particularly within data centre sectors, as a result of high demand for new technologies such as cloud and AI services.

Driving global 6G research

As a whole, Ericsson has continually outlined the importance of AI and compute towards its 6G networks, as the compute offload must be managed at Edge.

The telecommunications (telco) industry is having to develop at a faster rate than ever before, on account of rising customer demands for new innovations. Both businesses and consumers are already seeing a significant change in digital networks, with future edge data centres needed to support increases in data and demand.

As AI adoption becomes more commonplace, the volume of data, and the capacity requirements of data processing, will only continue to escalate.

With this in mind, researchers from both Ericsson and IIT Kharagpur have agreed to collaborate towards developing novel AI and distributed compute technology that works towards 6G research.

Some of the key initiatives finalised by both organisations include a project on compute offload and resource optimisation at edge compute that aims to explore resource optimisation, dynamic observability and sustainable distributed and edge computing technologies. In addition, they will explore causal AI methods for joint communication and sensing (JCAS).

Head of Ericsson Research Magnus Frodigh says: “This collaboration strengthens our R&D commitments in India and is pivotal to radio, compute and AI research. We are excited to partner with IIT Kharagpur and look forward to collaborative research in fundamental areas as well as translational research for our future network platforms.”

India aims to lead in the digital transformation race

India already has extensive plans to develop 6G technology in the nation, with a multi-year plan that involves building a 6G ecosystem. Ericsson is a part of Bharat 6G Vision, which is a strategy to create 6G technology in India by 2030, including the likes of Airtel, Jio, Vodafone Idea, and Tech Mahindra.

Likewise, in October 2023, Ericsson announced the launch of its ‘India 6G’ programme with the formation of an India 6G Research team in its Chennai R&D Centre. The programme is designed to develop solutions for the future of the telecommunications industry, in addition to keeping India at the forefront of this ever-growing market.

The company has already partnered with other leading institutes in India for radio, AI and cloud research, such as entering a 5-year partnership with Indian Institute of Technology Madras’ (IIT Madras) Centre for Responsible AI (CeRAI) that was signed in September 2023.

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