The ETSI Experiential Networked Intelligence (ENI) ISG (Industry Specification Group) has released five specifications on use case, requirements, Context Aware Policy Management, terminology and a PoC Framework.
With NFV or network slicing, which are key technologies for 5G, the network becomes more flexible and powerful but remains complex. In adding closed-loop Artificial Intelligence mechanisms and with these first reports and specifications, the ETSI ENI group aims to help operators facilitate their network deployment.
The first technical report, ETSI GR ENI 001, specifies a set of use cases to be applied to the fixed network, the mobile network, or both, and defines the expected benefits operators can gain from using an ENI system.
These use cases cover infrastructure management, network operations, service orchestration and management, and assurance. The second specification ETSI GS ENI 002 captures the requirements of how intelligence is applied to the network in different scenarios to improve operators' experience of service provision and network operation. It also addresses how intelligence enables dynamic autonomous behaviour and adaptive policy driven operation in a changing context. These requirements are intended to be used during the architecture design work.
ETSI GR ENI 003 analyses the work done in various Standards Developing Organizations and open source consortia on policy management in general, and context-aware policy management specifically. This information will be used to develop a specification for a context-aware, policy-based management model and architecture for enhancing the operator’s experience using network intelligence. ETSI GR ENI 004 addresses terminology for the main concepts in ENI.
ENI has also launched a PoC activity whose framework is defined in ETSI GS ENI 006.