Ericsson’s Ax Lab “will accelerate the software transformation of networks.” To outline the technological horizon is Professor Antonio Capone, full professor of Tlc and dean of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering of the Politecnico di Milano, interviewed by Adnkronos on the new important technological research laboratory of the multinational Ericsson which has decided to invest in Pagani with a hardware and software hub that could be a development engine for the transformation of networks towards a virtualized infrastructure.
Member of the strategic group Polimi2040 and director of the Advanced Network Technologies Laboratory of the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering (Deib), Capone argues that “despite the decline in investments over the years due to the lack of major players in Italy – and given that the national champions that existed in the last century have not survived the very strong competition of the sector – now it is important to maintain the presence of multinationals “of Ericsson’s caliber” in Italy.
Also because, he underlines, “The Tlc market in the last few years has been experiencing a very interesting evolution precisely due to the updating of labs such as Ericsson’s”. “What has been seen in recent years, being that of Tlc a very high technology sector, is that there is a tendency to concentrate the ability to hold a competitive market in very few companies worldwide. However – explains Capone – the one who created this phenomenon – which was fundamentally linked to particularly sophisticated hardware platforms and apparatuses – has not disappeared but TLCs are increasingly transforming into a system based on general hardware platforms and specialized software “.
“So – the Italian expert continues – we are moving towards a software transformation of networks
which represent an important development opportunity – not only because it is possible to create more interesting things and it is possible to integrate innovation in a faster way – but also because innovation is done on software with development costs that allow the entry of even small players “.
Capone is said for this “strongly convinced, and I’m trying in my roles to push in that direction, that in Italy there may be a new wave of companies developing solutions for telecommunications and networks in general because they can take advantage of this particular moment the transition to the software-based network, the so-called ‘network software’“.” And Ericsson’s Ax laboratory maintains great skills and increases its scope of expertise because a whole series of Ericsson’s activities are maintained there in Pagani “he stresses again. (by Andreana d’Aquino)