NTT and Qualcomm team up to drive AI at the edge

NTT and Qualcomm are teaming up to accelerate Private 5G adoption across digital devices, enabling AI at the edge and driving digital transformation

Leading IT infrastructure and services company NTT Ltd has announced a strategic engagement with Qualcomm, a global leader in semiconductor technologies, to invest in and accelerate the development of the 5G device ecosystem to facilitate private 5G adoption and ultimately powering AI at the edge.

As part of a multi-year engagement, NTT and Qualcomm Technologies will prioritise the development of 5G enabled devices to accelerate innovation with global enterprise customers, a critical catalyst in driving widespread enterprise adoption of private 5G, a market which IDC estimates will exceed US$8bn by 2026. 

“This collaboration is truly an exciting one because we are answering the demand we’re hearing from our clients,” said Shahid Ahmed, Executive Vice President, New Ventures & Innovation at NTT Ltd. “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.”

NTT & Qualcomm driving the 5G device ecosystem

With enterprises accelerating digitisation efforts, more connectivity and even more devices are needed. NTT and Qualcomm Technologies will use their combined expertise to meet the need for 5G-enabled devices that support use cases, such as push-to-talk devices, augmented reality headsets, computer vision cameras and sensors at the edge across the manufacturing, automotive, logistics and other industries. 

Qualcomm Technologies’ leadership in application specific semiconductors and 5G chipsets, combined with NTT’s leadership in private 5G, will strengthen the 5G ecosystem, advance AI processing capabilities at the edge and spur innovation across industries.

“The proliferation of 5G-enabled devices is a critical component of shaping a more digital and sustainable future,” said Mark Bidinger, President, Commercial & Industrial Segments & Channels at Schneider Electric. “It forms the backbone of many tech advancements that can improve efficiency and sustainability through efficient resource management, energy conservation, and are pivotal for innovation across various industries.

“NTT’s collaboration with Qualcomm represents a significant step forward in advancing private 5G adoption and meeting the unique demands of the Internet of Things and Machine Learning.” 

Accelerating AI adoption at the edge 

For AI to scale and make an impact on enterprise operations and organisations’ bottom line, AI processing needs to happen in a hybrid form—both in the cloud and at the edge of the network. The silicon that Qualcomm Technologies develops includes built-in AI and machine learning models, making it well-positioned for growing AI capabilities at the edge. Qualcomm Technologies’ experience with scaling AI technology allows the company to touch a wide range of devices and applications including smartphones, laptops, sensors, automotive solutions, and networking.

“Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G chipsets are prepared for the widespread adoption of AI applications at the edge and, together with NTT, we’ll enhance innovative change across the 5G device ecosystem.” said Jeffery Torrance, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Connected Smart Systems, Qualcomm Technologies. “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.”

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