September 24, 2023

Ericsson Inks Deal To Make 5G More Sustainable Using AI Tech


Ericsson Canada has collaborated with some Montreal-based universities in a new deal. The aim is to evaluate how AI (artificial intelligence) can reduce the energy usage of 5G networks in the telecoms sector.

Ericsson To Use AI To Reduce 5G Energy Consumption 

Ericsson Canada has collaborated with a collection of Montreal-based institutions to investigate how AI might help the telecoms industry reduce the energy usage of 5G technology.

In a press release, the company said some educational institutions would take part in the research program. École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) will lead the program and partner with Polytechnique Montréal, Climate Change Canada (ECCC), and Concordia University.

The initiative intends to assist communication network operators in lowering their carbon emissions and operational costs through energy savings.

Erik Ekudden, Ericsson’s CTO, said that 5G connections are modern society’s technical backbone, and they provide the potential to digitize businesses while considerably reducing global emissions of Co2. 

Meanwhile, several entities will also support the three-year research program. They include Ericsson’s Global Artificial Intelligence Accelerator (GAIA), 27 researchers from Concordia, Polytechnique, and ÉTS, and seven professors. Also, Environment and Climate Change Canada will take part in the research.

Also, Ericsson intends to use its worldwide knowledge in this field from Ericsson Research to guide the team. This will help to unify their research findings and drive towards industrialized technologies that can be incorporated into their 5G services and products. 

Additionally, the findings of this study will help to improve the ECCC’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) modeling services for the ICT (information and communication technology) industry, as well as contribute to worldwide standards.

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Dominique Bérubé, Concordia University’s VP of research, stated that a large-scale research endeavor of this kind needs the strong backing of several institutions. Bérubé added that Concordia University has worked with Ericsson several times in the past.

Hence, it was only logical for Concordia University and the Applicable AI Institute to engage in this endeavor. The Applicable AI Institute focuses on identifying applied remedies to real problems.

The VP added sustainability is a top goal for the university; hence, they are excited to be a part of research that will help 5G networks use less energy.

In September, Carleton University inaugurated Ericsson-Carleton’s Mobile Wireless Lab in its ARISE building. The lab is a component of Ericsson’s ongoing collaboration with Carleton University to promote experimental research and education in wireless technology. 

The new facility features a private Standalone 5G infrastructure, allowing researchers and graduate students to design, test, and improve cutting-edge applications. Rafik Goubran, the VP of research at Carleton, said the lab would be crucial in the growth and promotion of multidisciplinary research in wireless research.

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