Maxis uses AI to ensure that its network is ready for 5G

Maxis has announced that they are on track in terms of 5G readiness and they are future-proofing its network using artificial intelligence and automation. Dubbed as the AI network, Maxis says it is capable of supporting 5G speeds, resilience and latency demands.

Developed in-house, the AI network is built on 5G ready infrastructure utilising the widest fibre-optic footprint to mobile base stations around the country. The AI Network is based on next-gen IP network infrastructure and it uses the latest software-defined network technology to self-optimise data traffic through the most efficient routes and to self-heal itself by anticipating and rerouting traffic around potential trouble areas. According to Maxis, this will ensure a more seamless and lag-free internet experience for mission-critical business applications.

According to Maxis CTO, Morten Bangsgaard, “A highly resilient, agile and ready-to-scale network is particularly important for our growing suite of enterprise solutions that address the mission-critical requirements of our customers. And with 5G and fibre expected to be at the heart of our evolving digital lifestyles, a highly intelligent network will work hard for us so that we can focus on providing the best possible customer experience. Our own-built A.I. Network is also a testament of our focus on building our capabilities and encouraging our talents to be a big part of this exciting journey.”

With AI, the Maxis claims that their network can anticipate potential usage spikes and open up more bandwidth in preparation to it. This is made possible by the network’s automated data rerouting capabilities that offer multiple alternative routes. The network intelligence is distributed across various points of connection on the network to ensure the lowest network latency and optimal readiness for 5G infrastructure.

To cater to the growing demands of superior internet experience, the AI Network is said to be able to provide more accurate analysis during network outages and this will offer a better first call resolution. It also has a notification system where Enterprise customers can be alerted within five minutes, which can prompt business contingency plans earlier.

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To ensure that their mobile base stations are running in optimal condition, Maxis has also deployed AI-assisted drones under its Project SkyEye. It uses industry-grade high-performance drones to capture a 360 degree HD image of their network towers and it uses machine learning to provide high-speed diagnostics. Not only this can help to detect potential faults but it can also recommend appropriate maintenance measures if required.

At the moment, Maxis expects 5G to be available around 2021 as the 5G spectrum isn’t allocated yet and there are no available 5G-compatible devices in the market. 5G not only promises to provide faster speeds, but it offers a higher capacity to support billions of connected devices simultaneously. 5G also offers significantly lower latency which enables new real-time applications such as remote surgery.

You can learn more at Maxis’ AI Network page.

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Alexander Wong