Vodafone and Ericsson launch early access support for 5G-powered factories in Hungary

Together, the two partners have created Service Continuity for Private Network Solutions, a unique enablement service for 5G networks that can be tailored to the needs of Vodafone enterprise customers, such as the world’s largest electronics manufacturer and technology solutions provider. One of the companies is Foxconn.

Foxconn relies on 5G-based ambulatory test vehicles on which newly manufactured PCs are tested before being packaged at its Hungarian factory. To ensure that the private network connecting these test vehicles is as reliable as possible, Vodafone and Ericsson have jointly developed and deployed a customized Service Continuity to provide enterprises with private network support and technical assistance to keep the network running smoothly.

Ericsson’s private network is replacing traditional wired factory networks, providing companies such as Foxconn with highly flexible and secure wireless connectivity, transforming core business-critical operations. Intelligent, preemptive service continuity solutions ensure flexibility and trouble-free operation of the network after it goes live. Network outages in manufacturing environments such as Foxconn can bring production to a halt, and this solution reduces the risk of costly downtime by proactively identifying and avoiding such risks.

Mátyás Dobó, Vodafone Business Director, said: “We are very aware of the trust Foxconn has placed in Vodafone and have partnered with Ericsson to create this unique technical assistance product for businesses to ensure there are no unplanned disruptions to the operation of their private networks.”

Service continuity for private networks based on AI and ML can preemptively sense if something might be causing performance degradation. Vodafone then works locally with Ericsson’s centralized team to take corrective action to avoid such incidents, ensuring uptime that is better than traditional telecom networks.

Nello Califano, head of business area cyber strategy and portfolio management at Ericsson, said: “We have been working with Vodafone to develop a dedicated cyberspace for businesses, and this AI and machine learning-based support service is a testament to that work. Excited to work with Vodafone Hungary to ensure that businesses like Foxconn can go wireless in their operations, communications and connectivity requirements. In addition to this, the flexibility to change production settings without interruption and adapt to changing Business needs.”

Additional Information

Dedicated Network Service Continuity offerings combine the power of big data analytics with Ericsson’s network expertise and global knowledge. A centralized Ericsson team can execute or provide actionable recommendations developed based on the company’s expertise and machine learning models, which are fully aligned with Foxconn’s business priorities. This enables Foxconn to maintain optimal network performance without unplanned outages and avoid lost revenue by predicting, early detection and prevention of potential incidents. The solution will also help reduce operational and maintenance workloads and improve return on capital investment by increasing the utilization of installed equipment.

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