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Keysight Leverages Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Analytics Software in Nokia’s 5G Base Station Manufacturing Processes
March 16, 2020 News


Keysight Technologies, Inc., a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, has validated an innovative new software approach, leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced data analytics, in Nokia’s 5G base station manufacturing processes, significantly improving test efficiency.

The two companies have expanded a collaboration to help the leading network equipment manufacturer optimise test processes critical in advanced manufacturing. Keysight combined expertise in automated test and cloud-computing with machine learning (ML) applied to Nokia’s historical manufacturing data to demonstrate significant reductions in test times. Upon the successful validation, Nokia has moved to implement Keysight’s advanced AI software into the vendor’s 5G manufacturing processes.

5G equipment is considerably more complex compared to legacy technology equipment, increasing test times in manufacturing processes. As 5G deployments ramp up around the world, manufacturers of 5G equipment look for ways to optimise test processes, which allows them to maintain competitive delivery schedules. Developed by Keysight Laboratories, Keysight used advanced software technology, the company’s applied research arm, to analyse vast amounts of historical manufacturing data provided by Nokia. This allowed Nokia to make data driven test strategy decisions and develop optimised manufacturing test plans.

“Keysight’s extended 5G collaboration with Nokia, initiated more than three years ago, signals an inflection point in the commercialization of the next generation of mobile communications,” said Giampaolo Tardioli, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s network access group. “By combining leading hardware and advanced software solutions, Keysight is well-positioned to help wireless manufacturers such as Nokia capture the full potential of 5G.”

The new advanced AI software capabilities will be integrated into the company’s PathWave Software Suite. Keysight’s close collaborations, multi-domain technology expertise in areas such as AI and cloud-based test capabilities will help a wider industry address complex manufacturing test requirements.

“Nokia’s 5G technology will make the extraordinary come alive for every industry, every business and every experience,” said Erja Sankari, vice president of Supply Chain Engineering at Nokia. “Close collaborations such as the one we enjoy with Keysight help us create world-leading intelligent factories and support our strategy to deliver 5G solutions that exceed customers’ expectations.”