The tendency to separate infrastructures in different companies and Open RAN benefit the technological proposal


The IFS technology company has positioned the telecommunications sector as one of its main sources of future growth with the appointment of former Ericsson manager Markus Person to lead its effort in a sector in which trends favor the company’s software and in which Spain is a market to grow.

In an interview with Europa Press during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ​​Person pointed out the potential that Spain has for the company, which, for example, is already positioned in the ‘utilities’ sector in the country, after signing large contracts with other European operators such as the Belgian Proximus.

Person has stressed that the firm is finding opportunities in the sector, but has asked for patience since he has only been in office for four months and sales cycles in the world of telecommunications can last up to a year and a half.

A part of the IFS offer for the telecommunications sector is an asset and workflow management platform, the tool time that can increase its usefulness with some of the ‘telecom’ trends such as process outsourcing and infrastructures or the promotion of Open RAN.

“That is helping us too. It is going directly (…) to IFS’s strengths because we can give them the means to keep track of their assets (…) and their workers on the ground if they need it,” he added. .

The same occurs with Open RAN technology, which will increase the number of providers in the network, so management software such as IFS will allow greater control over which providers are in each tower or antenna.

In addition, rising energy prices and companies’ quest for greater efficiency, sparked by the war in Ukraine, could also favor IFS solutions, Person explains.

He has underlined that one of the strengths of the technology and its platform is the measurement of CO2 emissions and the ability to offer information to companies so that they reduce their emissions and energy consumption, generating greater efficiencies in the income statement.

The manager has also highlighted the capacity of IFS and the rest of the ‘partners’ to bring innovation to the world of ‘telephones’ and virtual mobile operators, which he has branded as “traditionalists” when it comes to managing their business in the last times.

Despite this, he has also recognized that operators “have come a long way to become more digital.” In this line, he has predicted that the real disruption will come with the generalization of 5G Standalone, which de facto will mean that the networks finally reach the cloud.

In this line, he has positively highlighted the Open Gateway project, which has created a series of standardized APIs to give developers access to the ability to create applications that use functions of the operators’ network and work in the network of all of them, without the need for individual adaptation when it happened before.

IFS also works with digital twins, a technology that Person believes is highly cost-saving when used for predictive purposes, but that many companies currently develop without taking advantage of its capabilities.

“It allows you to predict: What happens if this breaks a year before? What happens if it lasts another year? What happens if I need to increase my network because the traffic skyrockets?”, has illustrated.

Likewise, he has also predicted that the uses of metaverse and extended reality will continue to grow and there will be a greater “mix” between the virtual and physical world, which will also increase the need for capacity in the network.