Nokia Bell Labs breakthrough reconfigures networks with human speech

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In a step towards autonomous network management, Nokia Bell Labs has revealed a pioneering research breakthrough called Natural-Language Networks.

Nokia Bell Labs’ latest innovation empowers networks to be operated through simple speech or text prompts, marking the latest collision of AI and telecoms.

Natural-Language Networks bring forth a new era of simplicity and responsiveness in network management. By harnessing the power of AI, these networks comprehend users’ intentions and can autonomously act upon them.

This technology eliminates the complexity associated with managing networks, ensuring swift responsiveness to end-users’ needs. Service providers can now deliver and maintain the ideal network configuration for any customer instantaneously; enhancing user experience and satisfaction.

One of the key features of Natural-Language Networks is their ability to continuously learn from their actions. With each request, the network optimises itself and anticipates service and application needs without human intervention. This self-adaptation mechanism ensures seamless operations and enhances efficiency across various applications.

Csaba Vulkan, Network Systems Automation research leader at Nokia Bell Labs, emphasised the user-friendly nature of this innovation: “Operators won’t need to explore technical catalogues or complex API descriptions when they configure networks. Instead, a simple statement like ‘Optimise the network at X location for Y service’ will work.”

This simplicity extends the technology’s applications, ranging from configuring wireless networks for robot automation in factories to optimising networks during events for a surge in social media uploads.

Natural-Language Networks are part of a larger initiative called UNEXT—named after the legendary UNIX operating system invented by Bell Labs.

Similar to how UNIX reshaped computing, UNEXT aims to redefine network software and systems. By evolving the network itself into an operating system, UNEXT simplifies the secure integration of various devices and systems and breaks down interoperability barriers.

Azimeh Sefidcon, Head of Network Systems and Security Research at Nokia Bell Labs, highlighted the significance of reducing network management complexity: “Natural-Language Networks offer a sneak peek into one of the many capabilities of UNEXT.

“Reducing the complexity of network management fits squarely with UNEXT’s goal of extending the reach of networked systems by breaking down barriers that prevent those systems from interoperating.”

The latest groundbreaking development from Nokia Bell Labs heralds a new era in network management—promising enhanced efficiency, simplicity, and user satisfaction. Nokia’s Natural-Language Networks have the potential to revolutionise how networks are configured, managed, and adapted.

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