Cellwize Wireless Technologies Inc., a maker of cloud and artificial intelligence-based software that can help speed up the deployment of 5G networks, has entered into an agreement with Intel Corp. for the US tech giant to include Cellwize technology in the chipsets it provides to cellular providers.
As cellular networks move from 3G and 4G to the faster 5G networks, it is crucial for them to launch their services as soon as possible in order to justify the billions of dollars of investments they have made in buying the 5G spectrums, infrastructure and equipment, said Ofir Zemer, the CEO of the 8-year-old company.
“5G is a big issue in mobile networks,” he said. “Everyone wants to accelerate their 5G deployment because mobile carriers believe that 5G will have a great impact on their consumers and enterprise customers, and will allow them to generate new revenue streams,” he said.
Cellwize software allows mobile operators to automatically launch the 5G networks with very little manual intervention.
“Deploying a mobile network is a very complex process, predominantly manual process, where someone needs to configure the network elements in a way that the network will now work,” he said. Cellwize provides the software to do it automatically, independent of the infrastructure and equipment used.
“We are equipment agnostic,” he said. “That is the beauty.”
The company initially provided software to deploy previous-generation networks. It has now transitioned its technology to cater for 5G networks. Competitors who have developed similar software to help deploy 5G networks include Nokia, Ericsson and Huawei, he said. But their software works only with their own 5G infrastructure equipment, and most carriers generally use equipment from a variety of vendors, Zemer said.
5G networks are very complex networks to operate – with tens of thousands of towers that need to be deployed to provide stable communications coverage.
Intel is a very large provider of chipsets for mobile networks, said Zemer. “With Cellwize’s platform, which contains AI capabilities, on top of Intel’s chipsets, the mobile operator can deploy and manage their 5G faster and better.”
A chipset is a set of electronic components in an integrated circuit. The accord will enable Intel’s chipsets to be thus be “powered by Cellwize,” he added.
The contract with Intel is for “potentially millions of dollars,” he said. There is no exclusivity, and Cellwize is also selling its software to 30 companies including Dell, Verizon, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom and Israel’s Partner Communications, he said.
The collaboration with Intel will allow operators to deploy their 5G networks “more quickly, with a fully automated process, up to 90% reduction in associated costs, improved quality of services through automation, reduced operating expenses to configure and activate cell sites, and overall enhanced customer satisfaction through AI-driven and predictive decision making,” Cellwize said in a statement.