Bringing the 5G Vision into Focus: 5 Questions with Asha Keddy

Asha Keddy, Intel’s Vice President and General Manager for Next Generation and Standards, has been translating technology advancement into societal progress for years. 5G is no exception.

Watch her recent interview or read the Q&A below to discover Asha Keddy’s take on the business outlook for 5G and how Intel is enabling its full potential for enterprises and communication service providers

Q: Why is everybody talking about 5G?
The revolution that we saw in phones with 4G—we’re bringing it everywhere. We’re bringing it to people, to how we live our lives, and to enterprises. That’s why everybody is talking about 5G.

Q: What is the vision for 5G?
5G is not just a product. 5G is all the things that enable a fully connected, mobile, and intelligent society. 5G helps industries do better, it helps farmers do better, it helps households do better, it helps entertainment do better, and at the essence of it all—healthcare. 5G is about taking the world of compute and combining it with the world of communications.

Q: What is the advantage of 5G and edge computing?
Enterprises need to be more like real-time systems, more reliable, with access to the data that is relevant and the policies that make everything more personal and customized. That means the centralized data that was the cloud has to be closer to the premise with what we call the edge networks. Edge provides the all-important analytic capabilities in a quick, real-time manner. 5G provides the plumbing. AI provides the algorithms that make sense for a particular business or household.

Q: Why is Intel so well-positioned to help build out 5G?
Intel powers the cloud and the data center. Intel has been leading the network transformation revolution, taking things from a fixed function to more of a virtual function to scale the networks. We’re taking the fabric that we used to power the cloud all the way to enterprises and carriers—from the cloud to the network to the edge. That’s why we care so much about 5G. Intel has been powering the cloud and, as you can see with 5G, we’re taking that revolution to different enterprises and verticals.

Q: What are Intel’s 5G solutions?
The solutions that Intel brings to network transformation are Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and a wide variety of other elements. For example, we provide FGPAs for flexibility and programmability, eASICs, ASIC solutions, and accelerators. As important as hardware is, we also bring a variety of other solutions such as software, software toolchains, open standards, and wireless standards. We bring all of these together and build solutions working with enterprise partners and operators to provide the network revolution.

Learn more about Intel’s vision for 5G by watching the suite of executive interviews:
AI Fuels 5G Innovation Behind the Scenes with Caroline Chan, VP and GM, Network Business Incubator
Evolve Business with 5G and Edge Compute with Ronnie Vashista, VP and GM, Network and Custom Logic Group
A Perfect Storm of Innovation with Alex Quach, VP and GM, Wireline and Core Network
Cloud to Network to Edge with Lynn Comp, VP and GM, Visual Cloud
Unleash Network Modernization with Dan Rodriguez, VP and GM, Network Platforms Group
Accelerating Business Opportunities with Asha Keddy, VP and GM, Next Generation and Standards, 5G

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Asha Keddy

About Asha Keddy

Asha R. Keddy is Corporate Vice President at Intel Corporation, where she also serves as the General Manager of Next Generation and Standards (NGS) Group. A recognized industry leader, Keddy’s passion is in understanding how advancements in technology can improve the lives of people, and the environment in which we live—creating a safer, healthier, smarter society for all. Keddy’s organization enables new business verticals and applications - participating in industry consortia; contributing to global standards; developing and testing prototypes in trials, and driving product innovation. Her team facilitates trials with other ecosystem partners, key learnings from which have been influential in setting government and industry policy, and in furthering the convergence of communications and computing with end-to-end technology solutions. This work will open up new market opportunities in multiple verticals, including games, sports, connected cars, and smart cities, while bringing forward the advanced capabilities of artificial intelligence, visual data, mixed reality and connectivity-based technologies to address residential, enterprise and industrial business needs. Keddy’s vision of innovation is based on iterative development, insights about people, and a commitment to partnerships with industry and governments alike. Keddy leads 5G partner strategy and development efforts for Intel. This multi-year investment, her team’s work, and dozens of trials with industry-leading manufacturing, operator, and vertical partners have resulted in several world “firsts.” These accomplishments will accelerate 5G commercial deployment across industrial, automotive, fixed wireless and enterprise use cases in all major geographies. The learnings and Intellectual Property (IP) from these engagements will also serve to evolve the development of system architectures and incubation of technologies and IP for wireless at Intel. Ms. Keddy lives in the Portland, Oregon, and in her personal time enjoys reading, painting, hiking, biking and kayaking with her husband and dog.