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Ericsson establishes a global artificial intelligence accelerator in India

December 13, 2018
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Ericsson has set up a global artificial intelligence accelerator (GAIA) in Bengaluru, India. This innovation hub will focus on research and development (R&D) in artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. This newly launched GAIA facility will be key in accelerating the execution of Ericsson’s focused strategy by leveraging cutting edge AI and automation technologies to create data driven, intelligent, and robust systems for automation, evolution, and growth.

Ericsson has set up GAIA in US and Sweden apart from India this year.  Ericsson’s  GAIA  in  Bengaluru  will  help  create  150  new  jobs  for  data  scientists, engineers, ML/AI architects, and software developers in 2019.

Commenting on the development, Sanjeev Tyagi, head of Ericsson R&D, Bengaluru, said, “The setting up of GAIA in India is testament to Ericsson’s long-term commitment to India, to the rich talent pool as well as the vibrant ecosystem available in the country. GAIA has been set up as a central unit to be able to accelerate projects across Ericsson’s portfolio across the four business areas as well as customer projects across the five market areas.”

In Ericsson, several projects are already underway to bring in AI and automation capabilities to the company’s product portfolio across business areas. The promising, game-changing results demonstrated so far are indicative of the tremendous potential that intelligent leveraging of data can bring to a domain like telecom.

“With the advent of 5G and IoT, we expect to see an explosion in the number of potential ways in which we will use the networks of the future. The traditional methods of managing and running networks will no longer scale. AI/ML driven automation will be a necessity to manage these networks. These data-centric technologies also open up the potential to tap new revenue generating opportunities and business models for telecom service providers”, adds Tyagi.

The company intends to explore partnerships with telecom service providers, industry stakeholders, startups and academia to bolster innovation. With GAIA Bengaluru, the company’s endeavor is to spur innovations that are easy to use, adapt and scale, enabling its customers to capture the full value of connectivity.

Globally, Ericsson will employ over 300 data scientists, data engineers, ML/AI architects, and software developers across its GAIA.

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