Global network operators are projected to invest $20 billion in artificial intelligence (AI) for network orchestration by the year 2028. This forecast marks a remarkable surge of 240 percent, compared to the $6 billion expenditure estimated for the year 2024, Juniper Research said in a study.
The report highlights the escalating reliance of enterprises on cellular networks, particularly for applications such as smart manufacturing and autonomous vehicles. With the burgeoning demand for such services, there arises a critical need for AI-driven automation of essential network processes to ensure seamless operations.
These emerging applications demand diverse network requirements, including high throughput, low latency, and extensive geographical coverage. To optimize network efficiency and curtail operational costs, the report emphasizes the imperative for network operators to expedite the integration of AI into their core infrastructure.
According to the findings of the report titled “Global AI in Network Orchestration Market 2024-2028,” AI investment is deemed indispensable for enhancing network performance and bolstering security measures. It is projected that over 50 percent of the total operator spending on AI by 2028 will be allocated towards performance optimization and network security initiatives.
The relentless progression of 5G networks and the impending advent of 6G networks underscore the pivotal role AI must play in network evolution. With an ever-expanding array of virtualized network functions and escalating demands for cellular data, operators are compelled to harness AI capabilities to streamline operations and mitigate costs.
The ability to autonomously analyze network dynamics in real-time and swiftly adapt network configurations is identified as a cornerstone for minimizing the overheads associated with network management and service delivery.
“As operators vie for supremacy in network quality, AI will emerge as a linchpin for optimizing the utility of cellular networks for connectivity. Networks that can provide superior service conditions will attract high-value clientele,” Frederick Savage, the author of the research, said.