AI Alliance Established by Major Telecommunications Companies

The Mobile World Congress 2024 in Barcelona has brought together members of the mobile and telecommunications industries. The main focus of the event has been on AI, 5G, and always-on connectivity. This article will provide updates on the relevant enterprise business tech news from MWC.

The AI RAN Alliance, consisting of telecommunication giants such as AWS, Microsoft, Nokia, NVIDIA, Samsung, SoftBank, and T-Mobile USA, aims to incorporate artificial intelligence into advanced radio access network (RAN) technology. Their initiative focuses on using AI to improve spectral efficiency, utilize infrastructure more effectively, and increase operational efficiency through AI deployed at the edge through RAN.

Phone startup Nothing has unveiled its Phone (2a), an Android-based model known for its curving designs and use of recycled materials. Visitors to MWC got a first look at the Phone (2a), which aims to provide an alternative to Samsung and Apple’s dominance in the personal and business phone markets in the U.S.

Lenovo showcased its ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop Concept, which features a seamless screen, keyboard, and “floating” base design. While it’s just a proof of concept, it demonstrates the potential uses of the Micro-LED transparent display, such as blurring virtual and real worlds during meetings or product demonstrations.

Xiaomi introduced its latest phone, the Xiaomi 14 Series, which is part of the company’s strategy to expand its international sales. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Mobile Platform and the Xiaomi HyperOS operating system.

OnePlus revealed its concept for a new flagship phone, the OnePlus 11 Concept, which features a novel cooling system optimized for gaming. The company also showcased its OnePlus 11 5G phone, which runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform.

Deutsche Telekom unveiled its network-level security monitoring service called “Magenta Security on Net” for business customers. Starting in 2025, the service will provide Secure Access Service Edge and additional security levels tailored to customers’ specific needs.

GSMA reported that 261 operators in 101 countries have launched commercial 5G services, with the enterprise segment having more IoT connections than consumer connections.

Telefónica and TikTok partnered up to use the Open Gateway API initiative by GSMA to streamline registration or password recovery on TikTok using a phone number.

Humane showcased its Ai Pin wearable, a mobile phone alternative that relies on generative AI for voice commands instead of traditional apps.

Intel announced several developments, including the Edge Platform for building and managing edge and AI solutions, a preview of the next Xeon processor for 5G core, and a peek at the upcoming Granite Rapids-D Xeon processor.

Qualcomm introduced the FastConnect 7900 Mobile Connectivity system, a chip that uses Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth, or Ultra Wideband technologies based on the circumstances. This opens up opportunities for proximity-based functionality and multi-device experiences.

Lenovo and Motorola unveiled Smart Connect, which allows devices to sync peripheral controls, notifications, file sharing, and cameras between Lenovo PCs and some Lenovo tablets and Motorola devices.

rSIM, a brand focused on device-agnostic connectivity for support during outages, showcased its product at MWC. This could be beneficial for IoT-heavy workplaces to ensure uninterrupted connectivity.

Dell and Nokia formed a partnership where Dell will gradually transition customers from Nokia AirFrame servers to Dell PowerEdge servers. Nokia will also be Dell’s preferred private wireless partner for enterprise edge use cases, making integration with Dell’s edge operations software easier.

Please note that this article covers the highlights of the Mobile World Congress 2024 remotely.

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