THERE is presently a heated race to 5G (Fifth Generation) connectivity deployment among countries and telecommunications companies across the world.
Who is winning the race is still to be known as the competition is ongoing.
China and Huawei Technologies, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, are among the prominent players in 5G technology.
Here’s a pre-Mobile World Congress (MWC) development from the ICT organization sent to SDN — Science and Digital News by Karenina “Karrie” Escueta-Buenafe, head of Public Affairs and Communication at Huawei Philippines:
HUAWEI released the “Simplified 5G” deployment strategy on February 20 at the pre-MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2019 briefing in London, United Kingdom. Huawei believes that network simplification, automation, and business simplification will become the development direction of mobile networks in the future.
We are in a new historical era. 5G networks and terminals for large-scale commercial use grow mature at the same time. The ecosystem readiness has never been so satisfying, which is the first time in the history of mobile communications. In the 3G era, smart terminals were mature about five years later than the networks. In the 4G era, smart terminals were mature nearly two years later. The rapid development of the ecosystem will lead to the rapid development of 5G. The number of 3G and 4G users around the globe reached 500 million users within ten and five years, respectively. It is estimated that 5G will take only three years.
Peter Zhou, chief marketing officer of Huawei Wireless Solution, emphasized that “5G will witness unprecedented rapid development. Huawei is dedicated to taking complexity and creating simplicity. We are eager to make 5G deployment efficient and convenient through systematic innovation, helping 5G enter the fast track.”
Huawei Wireless Solution Chief Marketing Officer Peter Zhou in London delivers keynote speech at pre-Mobile World Congress (MWC) event. The MWC will be held on February 25-27 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo: Huawei)
Network simplification facilitating rapid deployment of 5G
In the 5G era, multi-RAT (2G/3G/4G/5G) networks are complex and difficult to maintain, requiring high O&M costs. Therefore, basic voice, IoT, and data services must be migrated to the LTE network and make LTE a bearer for basic services. In the future, the target network will evolve to “LTE+NR” and feature RAT simplification.
For site deployment, Huawei released the Super Blade Site solution. Traditional sites face the challenges of large footprint, expensive rental, high energy consumption, and complex O&M. In addition to resolving these issues, this new solution makes full use of existing site resources and improves site deployment efficiency. The full-outdoor modular design makes site deployment easier in the 5G era. The footprint required by blade sites is zero, which reduces operators’ dependency on basic resources. This enables fast 5G deployment and greatly decreases site TCO.
A series of network automation solutions for autonomous ariving mobile networks
Huawei released an architecture for building autonomous driving mobile networks, in November 2018. Based on this architecture, it is possible to mobile networks with less manual operations.
At the meeting, Huawei released a series of solutions for autonomous driving mobile networks, including the MBB Automation Engine (MAE) and base stations with powerful computing capability. As the brain of mobile networks, the MAE enables a shift from network element-oriented O&M to scenario-oriented O&M, and from simple network management to the convergence of network management and control. The base stations, featuring powerful computing capability and accurate network management, continuously improves network performance and facilitates autonomous driving of mobile networks.
Business simplification helping 5G business success
eMBB services are primary services in the initial phase of 5G. They are the continuation and development of mature 4G business models without doubt. For eMBB, the following three business forms are emphasized: unlimited services, wireless home broadband, and Cloud X. Currently, 70% operators worldwide have provided unlimited services and 40% operators have seen the increase in mobile average revenue per user (ARPU). In the future, the “unlimited” era requires differentiated network experience and service experience, including rate and delay.
Wireless home broadband has proved its business success in the 4G era. In 2018, about 30 million users are increased. In the 5G era, wireless home broadband will embrace the golden age of development. In addition, eMBB services are being continuously innovated in the 5G era. Cloud X services, represented by Cloud VR/AR, Cloud PC, and Cloud Gaming, are connected to terminals and the cloud through networks to implement new services such as smart terminals, broad pipes, and cloud applications.
In the future, 5G will also enable digitalization in all industries, bringing more revenue space for operators. Currently, Huawei is working with over 280 partners worldwide to actively exploring the Internet of Vehicles (IoV), connected drones, and smart manufacturing through X Labs.
MWC 2019 will be held from February 25 to 28 in Barcelona, Spain. Huawei is showcasing its products and solutions at booth 1H50 in Fira Gran Via Hall 1, booth 3I30 in Hall 3, the Innovation City zone in Hall 4, and booth 7C21 and 7C31 in Hall 7.
For more information, please visit http://www.huawei.com/mwc2019/. (Huawei Philippines)
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