NTT Limited, a provider of IT infrastructure and services, has formed a strategic partnership with Qualcomm Technologies in a bid to advance the development and widespread adoption of private 5G networks and edge AI. Their collaborative efforts will primarily focus on creating 5G-enabled devices to cater to the demand for 5G connectivity in IoT and edge computing applications.
The main objective of this partnership is to design devices tailored for specific use cases, both companies note. These include devices such as push-to-talk communication tools, augmented reality headsets, computer vision cameras, and sensors situated at the edge of the network. These devices can find application in various sectors, including manufacturing, automotive, and logistics.
“Together with Qualcomm Technologies, we will strengthen the 5G ecosystem delivering the devices our customers require in a simple and cost-effective way, empowering them as they continue along their digital transformation journey,” says Shahid Ahmed, executive vice president of New Ventures and Innovation at NTT Ltd.
Qualcomm Technologies has developed silicon chipsets equipped with embedded AI and machine learning capabilities, expandable at the edge. Both companies plan to develop 5G devices based on Qualcomm’s 5G chipsets, incorporating AI models to boost AI processing at the edge, particularly for tasks like image recognition.
NTT’s Edge-as-a-Service solution involves the deployment of AI applications at the network edge. Additionally, NTT says it offers a Device-as-a-Service model aimed at streamlining the management of 5G and edge devices for clients, thereby lowering IT maintenance expenses.
“NTT is the voice of the customer, and combined with Qualcomm Technologies’ semiconductor expertise, we can enable OEMs to build the devices that will benefit a wide range of use cases and customers,” says Jeffery Torrance, senior vice president and general manager of Connected Smart Systems at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Seco, an IoT and AI solutions provider, is another company that has leveraged Qualcomm’s silicon technology. Their partnership is centered around the introduction of new edge computing products that make use of Qualcomm Technologies’ processors.
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