Huawei says applying 5G technology to business was more difficult than expected
PUBLISHED WED, JUN 28, UPDATED THU, JUN 29, 2:49 EDT
– Evelyn Cheng
Meng Wanzhou was speaking at a keynote session at the Shanghai Mobile World Congress on Wednesday. She also spoke broadly about the benefits of 5G to consumption and the economy.
Huawei has sought to sell cloud services to specific industries such as mining and finance.
SHANGHAI — Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou said Wednesday that applying 5G technology to business was more difficult than she had expected.
One of the expectations for 5G connectivity is that beyond faster mobile phone connections for individual consumers, the technology can better enable self-driving vehicles and factory automation.
Meng said the challenges of bringing 5G to business was underestimated and that it’s completely different than previous 2G, 3G or 4G generations. She said only when 5G becomes part of the ecosystem can it be possible to realize operations at scale.
Meng was speaking at a keynote session at the Shanghai Mobile World Congress on Wednesday, where she spoke broadly about the benefits of 5G to consumption and the economy.
The Chinese smartphone maker has sought to sell cloud services to specific industries such as mining and finance.
The company broke out figures for its cloud computing business for the first time in 2022, and said revenue for the unit came in at 45.3 billion Chinese yuan ($6.25 billion) last year.
“When you compare MWC Shanghai and MWC Barcelona [earlier this year], one interesting aspect is you find a lot of the case studies are universal, global,” said Winston Ma, author of “The Digital War: How China’s Tech Power Shapes the Future of AI, Blockchain and Cyberspace.”
Speaking on the sidelines of Shanghai MWC, he said Chinese companies’ need to compete could spur greater adoption of 5G.
“So I think the Chinese companies are probably more ready, are more willing to test new 5G applications,” said Ma, who is also an adjunct professor of law at New York University.
“But of course there will be barriers for whatever industry, especially for the traditional industries, they have their existing ecosystem.”
Bans on Huawei 5G
Last year, Huawei saw its biggest annual decline in profit as U.S. sanctions hit its business and China’s Covid-19 controls weighed on the local economy.
In May 2019, the Trump administration put Huawei on a blacklist that restricted U.S. companies from selling technology to the Chinese company due to national security concerns. Huawei has denied it poses such a threat.
The U.S., U.K. and Australia, have also banned Huawei from operating in their 5G networks. Earlier this month, a top EU official called for more members of the bloc to do so. Germany is among the countries that have not yet restricted Huawei from its local 5G network.
Meng, the daughter of Huawei’s founder, returned to China in 2021 — after about nearly three years of being detained in Canada at the request of the U.S. In addition to being Huawei’s CFO, she is also deputy chairwoman of Huawei’s board and rotating chairwoman.
— CNBC’s Arjun Kharpal and Ryan Browne contributed to this report.
Correction: This story has been updated to show that Huawei saw its biggest annual decline in profit last year.
[Shanghai, China, June 29, 2023] Huawei announced they will launch a complete set of commercial 5.5G network equipment in 2024 at the 5G Advanced Forum during MWC Shanghai 2023. Huawei’s Director and President of ICT Products & Solutions Yang Chaobin who made the announcement said the company intends for this launch to mark the beginning of the 5.5G era for the ICT industry.
5G deployment progressed rapidly over the past four years and is already yielding significant financial gains. Today, there are more than 260 commercial 5G networks worldwide, serving over 1.2 billion users, and there are already 115 million gigabit F5G users. With service models and content continuously evolving, breakthroughs in technologies like glasses-free 3D are creating unprecedented immersive experiences for users. However, these new services continue to require stronger 5G network capabilities. The industry has widely agreed that 5.5G will be a key milestone in 5G evolution, and that it is fast approaching.
Huawei proposed the concept of a “5.5G Era”, based on an end-to-end solution that integrates comprehensive evolved technologies including 5.5G, F5.5G, and Net5.5G. This solution would protect operators’ previous investment in 5G, while also improving network performance by 10 times. This 5.5G Era would feature 10 gigabit peak downlink speeds and gigabit peak uplink speeds to meet increasingly diverse service requirements. It would also refresh the industry vision by using new technologies like passive IoT to unlock a market of 100 billion IoT connections.
Chaobin Yang, Board Member, President of ICT Products & Solutions, Huawei. Yang explained, “With a clearly defined standardization schedule, the 5.5G Era is already poised for technological and commercial verification. In 2024, Huawei will launch a complete set of commercial 5.5G network equipment to be prepared for the commercial deployment of 5.5G. We look forward to working with all industry players to embark on the new journey towards the 5.5G era.”
As an advocate for end-to-end 5.5G solutions, Huawei has been working with multiple players across the industry on R&D and verification of key 5.5G technologies. Significant progress has been made in this verification process, specifically for extremely large antenna array (ELAA) which underpins 10 gigabit downlink, flexible spectrum access which helps realize gigabit uplink, and passive IoT which can enable 100 billion IoT connections. 50G PON is another key technology that can enable 10 gigabit speeds for F5.5G ultra-broadband networks, and is expected to be extensively used in homes, campuses, and productions in the future. Huawei has worked with over 30 operators around the world on technological verification and application pilots for these technologies.
In addition to the development of key technologies for 5.5G wireless and optical access networks, Yang announced that the company has been working on applying AI-native technologies to 5.5G core networks to continuously enhance network capabilities and availability. This would allow AI capabilities to be delivered to the very ends of networks, so that they can better serve numerous industries. Net5.5G promises 10 gigabit access, ultra-broadband transport, and microsecond-level latency over AI networks, allowing it to serve as a next-generation network foundation for industrial digitalization by providing high-quality network access.
The industry is still in its earliest stages of developing a vision for 6G, and only just beginning related research into key technologies. This is why many have turned to 5.5G as their milestone for future development. The 10-fold improvement in network capabilities in the 5.5G Era is set to enable numerous industries to unleash the productivity of digital technology.
MWC Shanghai 2023 runs from June 28 to June 30 in Shanghai, China. Huawei will showcase its products and solutions at stands E10 and E50 in Hall N1 of Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). Together with global operators, industry professionals, and opinion leaders, we dive into topics such as speeding up 5G prosperity, striding towards the 5.5G era, and intelligent digital transformation. 5.5G creates new business value in areas like connecting people, Internet of Things (IoT), and Internet of Vehicles (IoV), supporting countless industries as they move towards an intelligent world.
Latest 5.5G products from Huawei: AAU5356m AAU5726 AAU5646 AAU5825a AAU5636m BBU5901 RRU5513t
Safaricom Partners with Huawei to Unveil 5G Experience Centres in Nairobi
16 March 2023
Centres to enable Kenyans experience the superfast 5G speeds and see how 5G can transform homes and businesses.
Nairobi, Kenya, March 16th, 2023… Safaricom (NSE: SCOM) has today partnered with Huawei to unveil three 5G experiential centres across Nairobi.
The three centres, located in Safaricom’s Village Market, The Hub and Buruburu Shops, will showcase the superfast speeds and cutting-edge devices that come with 5G connectivity.
“We are excited to unveil these experience centres, which will enable Kenyans to discover the power of 5G firsthand. As a digital lifestyle enabler, we are further enhancing Kenya’s best internet network, and empowering our customers to start exploring the limitless possibilities that 5G provides,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom PLC.
At the 5G experience centres, customers will experience virtual reality gaming zones, showcases of smart-capabilities for homes and enterprises, and speed-testing booths.
“As a long-time partner with Safaricom, we are delighted to collaborate on these experience centres. They show how 5G can be transformative in connecting homes and small businesses to drive economic growth and social development, unlocking the digital economy,” said Sheng Kaifu, Deputy CEO, Huawei Kenya.
Safaricom launched its 5G network in October last year, a first in the region. Since then, the service provider has commissioned over 200 5G sites across 11 counties including Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Kisii, Kakamega, Nakuru, Kiambu, Machakos, Kajiado, Vihiga and Siaya.
Over 300,000 Safaricom customers already using 5G smartphones can also access the 5G network and enjoy superfast speeds of up to 2Gbps, with typical speeds of 400Mbps to 700Mbps.
Safaricom has consistently invested in its network over the years, with its 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G in aggregate covering over 99% of Kenya’s population, while its fibre network has passed more than 450,000 homes and businesses.
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Barcelona, Spain, March 3, 2023 During the MWC2023, Saudi Telecom Company (stc) and Huawei signed a Memorandum of Understanding towards the F5.5G era to build an all-optical strategic partnership, which includes consensus and product and solution cooperation under the F5G and F5.5G industry standards. The MOU aims to accelerate the implementation of stc’s digital transformation strategy by building an all-optical network that meets the requirements of ultra-large bandwidth, ultra-high speed, premium experience and network autonomous driving.
In September 2022, ETSI released the Fixed 5th Generation Advanced and Beyond white paper, defined the core capabilities of F5.5G. The F5.5G era brought four major changes
User experience reaches 10Gbps: F5.5G introduces next-generation technologies such as FTTR, Wi-Fi 7, 50G PON, 800G, etc., to achieve 10Gbps everywhere;
Service boundaries are beyond connections: optical fiber sensing technology is applied to scenarios such as fire and earthquake early warning, gas detection, water quality detection, etc.;
Network assurance: upgraded from telecom grade to industrial grade, and industrial digital upgrade is accelerated;
Network is more environmentally friendly: optical fiber transmission technology can reduce energy consumption by 90% compared with EXC, and full-optical access technology can reduce energy consumption by 80% compared with copper.
stc and Huawei will strengthen the cooperation in future in areas such as technology research, technology testing, commercial deployment and publicity, including 50G PON, FTTR, 400G/800G and ultra-high speed 1.2Tbps WDM, OXC, Alps-WDM, and form a joint team to innovate in the F5.5G field. It will fully support stc’s fixed network construction.
At the same time, stc expressed its willingness to join ETSI/WBBA and other standards or industry organizations to provide value cases, technologies and architectures for F5.5G standards, and enhance its industry influence.
stc Infrastructure Design GM Hisham A.Alabdaly said: “with the signing of the F5.5 MOU, stc will better promote end-to-end innovation and commercialization of fixed networks and maintain a leading position in the fixed network industry.”
Richard Jin, President of Huawei’s Optical Business Product Line, said, “Huawei will work with stc to continuously make technological breakthroughs and product innovations on the road to F5.5G development, help stc network continuously improve user experience and network operation efficiency, create greater business value, and support Saudi vision 2030.”
[Barcelona, Spain, February 27, 2023] Huawei Carrier BG President Li Peng, delivered a keynote speech today at MWC Barcelona 2023 on reimagining 5G business, reinforcing 5G coverage, and reinventing 5G technologies. In his speech, Li shared insights into user experience and recent 5G development. He said that the industry must work together to accelerate 5G prosperity.
5G has developed rapidly since it entered commercial use three years ago. By the end of 2022, over 1 billion 5G users had watched high-definition streams of major international sports events, and more than 10 million households had access to 5G broadband. “It has taken 5G only three years to achieve the progress 4G made in five years. From this perspective, 5G has already achieved success,” Li said.
However, 5G coverage is still unbalanced among different regions and countries. Some consumers are expecting a better 5G experience, while industry digitalisation requires more from 5G. “To achieve greater 5G success, the industry needs to reimagine 5G business, reinforce 5G coverage, and reinvent 5G technologies,” noted Li.
Reimagine 5G business to drive experience-centric innovation
The true value of 5G is rooted in people’s natural desire for better experiences. A recent survey found that the dopamine human brains produce when watching a three-minute HD video is equal to the amount produced during a 30-minute run.
As 5G network capabilities improve, users are able to watch videos in higher definition and from more viewpoints, creating a new standard for next-generation experiences. 70% of users are already willing to pay for better 5G experiences. This means that carriers can adopt the network-as-a-service (NaaS) model to foster a more thriving 5G application and content ecosystem.
With stronger network capabilities, carriers will also be able to further expand the home and SME markets. There are still 200 million copper broadband lines that are in urgent need of upgrade around the world and more than 60 million SMEs want access to leased line services. One European carrier had already achieved a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of above 90% and increased its ARPU by over 60% by providing 5G FWA.
Reinforce 5G coverage to provide better experiences to more users
Deeper 5G coverage is helping carriers better monetise experience. This is well evidenced by the world’s top 20 carriers in 5G network rollout, who achieved significantly higher ARPU and revenue growth than the global average last year.
Global carriers are thinking more about how to extend 5G coverage from outdoors to indoors and from urban to suburban and rural areas. By increasing the coverage of 5G base stations and allowing 5G signals to penetrate more walls and buildings, they can help more users to enjoy better experiences.
Reinvent 5G technologies for new breakthroughs in network capacity and coverage
Innovation in 5G base station equipment would also be required to provide deeper coverage. Along this line, in 2022, Huawei launched MetaAAU, its third-generation AAU for 5G base stations. Compared with its previous generation counterpart, MetaAAU offers about 30% higher capacity and coverage, making it a prime choice for carriers pursuing deeper 5G coverage.
This year, Huawei also launched its Meta BladeAAU, allowing for simple deployment of 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G networks on a single pole.
From 5G to 5.5G: 10-fold capabilities for 100-fold opportunities
Looking ahead to the future, Leading carriers are now working closely with 3GPP to advance the 5G standard and make the leap to 5.5G.
5.5G will expand on 5G, but will be faster, more automated, and more intelligent than 5G, and support more frequency bands.
5.5G will deliver 10 times greater network capabilities, which will translate into 100 times more opportunities. Free-viewpoint video, enterprise cloudification, mobile private networks, passive IoT, and integrated sensing and communication will all develop rapidly thanks to these advances in 5G.
At the end of his speech, Li emphasised that all industry partners will need to work together and innovate nonstop to accelerate this leap in 5G prosperity.
MWC Barcelona 2023 runs from February 27 to March 2 in Barcelona, Spain. Huawei showcases its products and solutions at stand 1H50 in Fira Gran Via Hall 1. Together with global operators, industry professionals, and opinion leaders, we dive into topics such as 5G business success, 5.5G opportunities, green development, digital transformation, and our vision of using the GUIDE business blueprint to lay the foundation for 5.5G and build on the success of 5G for even greater prosperity
Huawei OptiX OSN 9800 ranked as a “Leader” with the highest score in Core Packet-Optical Platform by GlobalData
Shenzhen, China, December 27, 2022. Huawei OptiX OSN 9800 series has been ranked as a “Leader” with the highest score in Core Packet-Optical Platform by GlobalData in its latest report Core Packet-Optical Platform: Competitive Landscape Assessment. This series of optical products substantially exceeds product class average and can better meet the requirements of new services in terms of traffic, latency, network robustness, and flexibility in addition to supporting the evolution of carrier networks to all clouds.
WDM/OTN are gears used behind the scene on communications network backbone & Metro. The OSN 9800 series is an optical-electrical type WDM/OTN that can transmit data carried by optical fiber. Compared with competitors, OSN 9800 series products feature ultra-large capacity, ultra-high integration, and ultra-low power consumption.
GlobalData is a leading consulting company in the global ICT field, providing professional market research, forecast, and vendor analysis information for industries. According to the Core Packet-Optical Platform: Competitive Landscape Assessment, Huawei OptiX OSN 9800 series is ahead of products offered by mainstream equipment vendors in terms of line interfaces, switching capacity and features, port capacities, transport features, network management, and physical attributes.
Huawei OptiX OSN 9800 series supports single-wavelength 800 Gbit/s and Super C+L band ultra-wide spectrum, and provides 96 Tbit/s line capacity per fiber, thereby meeting capacity requirements in the next 10 years. It can flexibly process various switching granularities ranging from 2 Mbit/s to 100 Gbit/s, provide a complete range of ports, and support the largest number of client-side services in the industry. This series uses a flexible optical-electrical convergence architecture, supports simplified optical-layer solutions, and provides powerful optical-layer protection capabilities to ensure high service availability and flexible grooming. In addition, Huawei OptiX OSN 9800 P32/P32C is the world’s first commercial all-optical cross-connect product ready for large-scale applications. It provides Pbit/s-level optical switching per subrack, achieving efficient optical switching and easily addressing digital floods.
The OptiX OSN 9800 series is comprised of Huawei’s flagship WDM products, including U64E, U32E, M24, and P32/P32C subracks. This series is applicable to integrated transmission scenarios such as home broadband, mobile bearer, enterprise private lines, and Data Center Interconnection (DCI). It provides the optimal E2E transmission solution for backbone and metro networks. Looking ahead, Huawei will continue to achieve technological innovations in optical transport solutions and work with global carriers to build future-oriented all-optical networks with optimal service experience and total cost of ownership (TCO).
Why 5G wireless is not meeting user expectations
Will 5G Advanced (5.5G) live up to expectations?
Since its launch several years ago, we expected 5G to be the next, big bang in wireless. Like with 3G and 4G we expected it to sweep across the industry, changing our lives. Instead, it has disappointed users, so far at least. What is the problem with this new technology, and will it get any better before 6G comes knocking at the door?
While 5G is incredibly important, it is simply not showing the immediate growth we expected.
Some of the leaders in the wireless revolution are starting to make some changes in their marketing messages. They are trying to juice things up. Will this help?
Example: Huawei started with something called 5.5G. Qualcomm will unveil their attempt with 5G Advanced at the upcoming wireless trade show MWC23 in Barcelona.
Huawei, Qualcomm, Nokia, Ericsson, Juniper Networks, NTT, Xiaomi
I think since Huawei and Qualcomm are taking this new direction, we can expect others to join the party.
That means we can very likely expect the same kind of change in 5G marketing from Nokia, Ericsson, Juniper Networks, NTT, Xiaomi and others, worldwide.
We expected a rapid rise in user acceptance in wireless with 5G, like we saw with 3G and 4G.
Some companies are seeing growth. These are companies who help networks build.
The reason is networks continue to upgrade their networks for competitive reasons. They fear that users will leave them if they don’t.
They may be right. Most users think they use 5G. However, most still have no real need for it with 4G and LTE serving their needs today.
So, one of the main problems are getting the user to buy in, and getting new technology to enter, like we saw with Uber and Lyft car service, or wireless pay TV or music and videos with 3G and 4G.
There are actually many different reasons for this lull. A few of them include the Covid-19 pandemic, the supply chain bottlenecks, work-at-home, the weak economy, reduced stock price and much more.
Users are disappointed with Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T 5G wireless
One main reason is the customer. Ask any user who rushed to upgrade to 5G, and if they have an opinion, they have been disappointed.
The speed increase has not really shown itself with many users. The average wireless users thinks that LTE is close enough without all the fanfare.
Watching pay TV or listening to music or talk shows on the smartphone is a better experience, but apparently not enough to move the needle for the user.
5.5G will help reset marketing around wireless
We had this kind of problem in the past with 2G. If you recall, between 2G and 3G the industry created something called 2.5G.
It didn’t change the technology as much as it helped to reset the marketing reality around wireless.
That seems like what Huawei and Qualcomm are doing with their next generation of 5G wireless.
MWC23 showdown: Huawei 5.5G vs. Qualcomm 5G Advanced
Yes, there are differences between Huawei’s 5G and 5.5G. Yes, there are differences between 5G and 5G Advanced from Qualcomm.
But will these differences really make any impact with the user and the investor? Some say yes. Others say no. We will just have to wait and see.
One thing that would be helpful is for the industry to settle on a name. Rather than having each company label this with their own name, one industry identifying would be helpful.
That would let investors and users know this is an industry issue, not just a company problem.
5G brings increased speed and low latency
The difference between 5G and 4G is both speed and immediacy or low latency. That mean 5G is faster and it is more instant.
That will launch many new kinds of technologies and change user experiences like Automated Driving and Tele Medicine, advanced healthcare and so much more.
While 5G is changing these spaces, there is simply not enough focus to get the investor and user excited, as they should be.
5G and Automated Driving, TeleMedicine, Healthcare, retail and more
The problem is, it has been several years and even though this new technology is moving forward, it is taking much longer than initially expected.
That’s having an impact on companies in this sector.
5G is also changing the way other industries deliver their services. This is creating new industry growth in many other areas.
That is where the excitement is when I look at the new 5G wireless space.
Not, the kind of services that are launching today, but it’s about the start of new services which we will use tomorrow.
AI, Chatbot, ChatGPT, Bard and other new technology uses 5G wireless
Think about AI, Chatbot, ChatGPT, Bard and other technologies. Think about vastly improved healthcare, retail, self-driving cars, automated driving and countless other industries and how they will change with this new technology.
So, 5G remains an incredibly important next step in the transformation of our society thanks to wireless technology.
However, the exciting changes are not showing up with wireless users. Rather, the excitement is coming from the advancement of new technologies and how they will forever change our lives and our civilization.
There are many challenges ahead. We need to make sure that we continue to remain in control as the technology develops and evolves.
Private wireless; Qualcomm, Betacom, Ericsson, Cradlepoint, NTT, Cisco
An area that is showing acceleration and growth is private wireless. There are an increasing number of players in this segment.
Wireless networks like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are public service providers who are starting to offer a private networking service. This gives the user more control and security, but not to the same level as a real private network.
Increasingly, Qualcomm with their Betacom partnership, Ericsson with Cradlepoint, Nokia, Cisco, NTT, Microsoft, Google and others are showing solid growth in this new segment.
Private wireless will continue to show rapid growth going forward because if offers increased security and complete control for companies with their communications.
Viiz grows in Operator, 9-1-1 Emergency Service, Directory Assistance
As growth moves from one sector to another in the telecommunications industry, it also creates new, growth opportunities.
We have all heard about how landline carriers like Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink and countless other firms are seeing demand for their landline services shrink. Customers are moving to wireless or VoIP.
As a result, these companies are terminating services like Operator, Emergency Services and Directory Assistance.
However, customers still need these services. That has created a new opportunity.
Viiz has stepped in and now provides these services to communications providers who no longer want to run these on their own dime.
So, as you can see, as the communications industry goes through its enormous change wave, it creates new growth opportunities.
5G wireless is important next step into the future, but takes a while
I believe 5G is an important steppingstone into the future. However, we are still in the transformative stags, so the benefits of this new technology may take a while to show up in our everyday lives.
That means carriers like Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA and AT&T Mobility will have to invest just to keep up with the competition. However, they may not see significantly increased revenue. Not yet anyway.
However, when it happens, and I fully believe it will happen, it will be quick and change the world virtually overnight the same way the Apple iPhone and Google Android did a decade and a half ago.
There is a growing urgency in the telecom industry to reduce energy consumption by adopting sustainable and environment-friendly practices.
The recent United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report says that the world will experience an increase in temperature of more than 1.5°C by 2040 unless and until there is a concerted effort to bring down carbon emissions.
Turkcell, a converged telecom and technology service provider in Türkiye since 1994, is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and becoming a carbon-neutral company by 2050. The rising electricity costs are also making it imperative for the company to bring down its energy use.
“Turkcell is keenly focused on sustainability goals and environmental responsibility. Our strategy involves implementing best practices and policies that minimize the impact on the environment, such as reducing waste and emissions, conserving resources and using renewable energy. Within the framework of our sustainability approach, Turkcell commits to meet 100% of its energy needs from renewable resources by 2030, and to be a completely carbon neutral company by 2050. In order to achieve these goals, Turkcell is the first GSM operator that has ISO 50001 Energy Management System and ISO 14064 international standard for quantifying and reporting greenhouse gas emissions certificates in Turkey.” Elif Yenihan Kaya, Network Capabilities Director, Turkcell.
Teaming with Huawei
To accelerate its efforts to realize the target of carbon neutrality by 2050, Turkcell teamed up with Huawei earlier this year. Together the two companies incubated Huawei’s Green Site solution in Antalya. The project was designed not just to help Turkcell reduce the environmental impact but also to bring down its electricity costs.
In April 2022, Turkcell and Huawei jointly incubated the Green Site target network solution, designed to benefit the operator and the environment. Huawei’s Green Site solution is based on the philosophy of ‘More Bits, Less Watts’. First, it helps the Turkcell reduce power consumption, thus directly leading to savings in operational expenses. Further, the improved energy efficiency supports the migration of 2G and 3G users to 4G and 5G services. Lastly, the telcos’ efforts to reduce their carbon footprint positively impact the environment, helping them better fulfil their social responsibilities.
“We decided to work on the mutual project for green sites with Huawei. In April 2022, based on our assessment and design, Turkcell and Huawei implemented the first AI-based green site solution in Antalya. Basically, solar panels provide green energy for the site. What’s more, the AI-based smart system manages excess solar energy generated by sunlight into the lithium batteries and supplies power to the site at night, thus maximizing the use of clean energy generated by sunlight. Solar energy accounts for more than 70% of the site’s energy consumption, reducing carbon emissions and saving electricity costs. The energy saving and carbon reduction effect of a single site exceeded our expectations.” says Elif Yenihan Kaya.
Huawei has introduced a three-layer solution to help Turkcell boost the green efficiency of their networks and operations. This solution is designed to ensure a carbon emission and OPEX reduction.
Industry first-released NCIe indicators to measure the carbon emission intensity of the entire network
Huawei’s Green site solution provides NCIe (Network Carbon Emission Intensity), an energy efficiency indicator system proposed by Huawei and already approved by ITU-T SG5. It encompasses three layers: Radio Access Network (RAN), the site, and the equipment (BBU/RRU/antenna). The carbon emission per unit traffic is measured and tracked to evaluate how much data traffic is transported per kWh.
Comprehensive solutions to minimize the carbon emission and energy costs
Huawei Green Site solution helps bring down the operational expense for the Turkcell. It is a simplified, renewable and intelligent solution.
The all-in-one cabinet replaces the traditional shelter, thus bringing down the high energy consumption of the air conditioners and improving the site energy efficiency. Further, blade power guarantees enough space for future evolution.
The solution uses solar energy, which provides enough renewable energy sources for daily consumption. Further, anti-shadow helps in generating 10% extra electricity. Huawei’s Green site solution leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI) which provides greater visibility and control, thus leading to improved overall management. The use of AI makes it possible to calculate backup hours based on weather, thus enabling solar synergy with lithium battery to avoid peak solar waste.
Professional service to improve return on investment
Firstly, multi-dimensional evaluation service-based NCIe indicators enable the implementation of low carbon RAN strategy and focus investment in areas with the most “green” impact. Secondly, the optimal solution is simulated, and benefits are calculated through the digital design platform. Finally, the operators must use the solution for the green modernization of the entire network to maximize the impact.
In Antalya, Turkcell uses Huawei’s end-to-end Green Site solution, a high-efficiency iSolar system with AI that stores renewable energy from the sun in lithium batteries. In addition, high-efficiency rectifiers, lithium batteries, and integrated cabinets are used to migrate equipment to the outdoor cabinet, eliminating the need for shelter and an air-conditioner.
Impact of Green Site solution
Using Huawei’s Green Site solution helped Turkcell reach its energy saving by 81%, while carbon emissions were reduced by 5.5 tons per year. The project’s success can be gauged by the fact that, on average, 70% of its daily energy consumption is from solar energy.
The two-year project involves 50 teams for the first-time delivery in Turkey. The end-to-end innovative solution sets a new benchmark for a green revolution in the country. Turkcell and Huawei have committed to creating more value through further cooperation.
“We have decided to enhance our partnership with Huawei in this project and we are planning to have 500 green sites implementation in 2022. We are expecting to have carbon emissions reduced by more than 1.3tons per site per year. Turkcell will continue to innovate in green energy and set an example for the industry.” says Elif Yenihan Kaya.
Innovation, energy and security: How 5G will change Europe
By Jeremy Wilks 28/11/2022
The rollout of 5G is gaining traction in Europe, leading many to question how this new generation of mobile technology will change the way Europe lives, works and interacts.
The planned successor to 4G mobile networks, 5G is already being rolled out in Europe and beyond.
“I guess the first thing to point out is that 5G is the fastest generation ever deployed. There are about 214 networks live already”, Alex Sinclair, Chief Technical Officer at mobile industry association GSMA told Euronews.
In Europe, operators are already beginning to explore unique and innovative ways that 5G technology can improve and enhance user experience.
“One operator in Greece has already launched a new basketball game, (and) live streaming services”, said Philip Song, Chief Marketing Officer at Huaweu Carrier business group.
Laurent Leboucher, Chief Technical Officer at Orange told Euronews, “we are experimenting in a stadium the capacity to provide to users the possibility to zoom on a particular player, for instance, and get information on the player. So we need to get an immersive feeling.”
Security a “top priority”
Concerns over security and privacy have been front and centre of debates on 5G technology. Philip Song at Huawei says that “addressing these challenges is our top priority”. So what is being done?
“At the beginning of 5G, security was really at the heart of the specification. There is encryption all the way in between the device and the network”, Laurent Leboucher told Euronews.
“When 2G was created, the security paradigm was completely different to the one we have today. It was more security by privacy”, Alex Sinclair from GSMA revealed. “Now it’s more security by opening everything up…kind of crowdsourcing it. And that works.”
More energy efficient
According to experts, the transition to 5G could help users and businesses reduce energy costs and consumption.
“The 5G networks are about 10 times more energy efficient than the 4G network,” Philip Song confirmed.
“(It) can support the larger bandwidth and more data applications…(so) more activities can be carried out online and this also can reduce carbon emissions”, he added.
The Greater Bay Area of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao is one of the most open and economically dynamic regions in China. With the rapid development of the urbanisation, there are a large number of urban villages in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and the surrounding areas, and super-high-rise residential buildings are also very common. To meet people’s entertainment requirements, such as 5G HD video calls, online games, and video on demand, and promote the development of production services such as e-commerce live webcast, in-depth 5G coverage is urgently needed in high-rise buildings and urban village residential areas. However, a traditional coverage solution called “spotlight” is still used in urban residential buildings. This old solution requires a large number of feeders routed along with lots of power distribution, increasing the construction difficulty and cost, and causes serious problems such as signal loss along the way. In addition, the “spotlight” antennas cannot be monitored and are often difficult for daily maintenance.
China Unicom Guangdong pays particular attention to the coverage and experience of 5G in residential area. Based on the careful study of the real situation in the residential area, Guangdong Unicom and Huawei proposed the innovative DRS solution. This solution fully utilises the fundamental 5G coverage of surrounding macro base stations. Then it uses a super-flexible feeder to accurately deliver useful 5G signals to required places. In this way, the innovative architecture of the 5G DRS solution not only effectively prevents the leakage of useful signals along the route, but also enables digital management and control of the entire system. The onsite verification at China Unicom Guangdong showed that the 5G DRS solution improves 5G uplink coverage by about 10 dB compared with the traditional “spotlight” antenna solution, reduces system power consumption by more than 50%, and can be deployed at a maximum distance of 100 meters.
With “U-Joy Cities” program, China Unicom Guangdong and Huawei, together with other partners in the mobile industry, will further strengthen their innovative cooperation and conduct in-depth research on tunnels, high-speed railways, and street block scenarios, to make the 5G connection for people easier and faster, so as to make the life in Guangdong a smarter and more enjoyable life.
Wireless Infrastructure Market By Type
(2G/3G, 4G, 5G), By System (Macrocell Radio Access Networks (RAN), Small Cells, Remote Radio Heads (RRH), Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), Cloud RAN, Carrier Wi-Fi, Mobile Core, & Backhaul modules), By End Use Industry (Banking, financial services, & insurance (BFSI), Business process outsourcing (BPO), Telecom, Automotive, Government, Healthcare, Industrial, Others), By Geography – Global Opportunity Analysis & Industry Forecast, 2021-2026
Wireless Infrastructure Market Overview
Wireless Infrastructure Market size is forecast to reach $114.5 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR 7.4% from 2021 to 2026. Wireless infrastructure is the collection of different connectivity standards, communication assets, and connectivity solutions that combine in operations to provide users with wireless networks. This network focuses more on improving the overall connectivity and connection performance, while limiting the need for wire connections between different devices and components. Enterprises have shifted to hosting and managing networking and communication services as these address problems associated with high initial investments in unified communications systems. This has driven the adoption of Cloud RAN, Remote Radio heads and other Wireless Infrastructure system adoption. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMBs) and bigger enterprises have realised the advantages of network infrastructure, thus fueling market growth. The size of the wireless infrastructure market is increasing with the popularity of high-speed data connectivity capabilities based on 4G and 5G.
Wireless Infrastructure Market Report Coverage
The report: “Wireless Infrastructure Industry Outlook – Forecast (2021-2026)”, by IndustryARC covers an in-depth analysis of the following segments of Wireless Infrastructure Market.
By Type: 2G/3G, 4G, 5G
By System: Macrocell Radio Access Networks (RAN), Small Cells, Remote Radio Heads (RRH), Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), Cloud RAN, Carrier Wi-Fi, Mobile Core, and Backhaul modules.
By End Use Industry: Banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI), Business process outsourcing (BPO), Telecom, Automotive, Government, Healthcare, Industrial, Others.
By Geography: North America (U.S, Canada, Mexico), Europe (Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Russia, Netherlands and Others), APAC (China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Others), South America (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Others), RoW (Middle East, Africa).
A growing need for high-speed mobile Internet and 4G connections is expected to speed up LTE deployments around the world.
Rising investments by operators to deploy high-speed networks are expected to drive the number of Mobile Broadband (MBB) connections over the forecast period.
Macrocell Radio Access Network is the largest segment in the wireless infrastructure market. Wireless communications infrastructure has further advanced with the evolution of software, hardware and dynamic networking technologies, incorporating numerous distributed Heterogeneous Networking (HetNet) technologies such as Cloud RAN and Wi-Fi Carrier.
Autonomous vehicles will require bandwidth 100 times higher and latency in the realm 150 times greater. 5G will be instrumental in addressing the requirements for latency and speed, and a dense network of small cells, distributed antenna systems and a centralized Radio Access Network (RAN) will be key to making autonomous cars reality.
The highest growth is expected to be on the wireless infrastructure market in Asia Pacific. India has the world’s largest Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) market that requires considerable wireless infrastructure. Also contributing to the increased demand for wireless communication networks was the growing number of mobile internet users in Asia, almost 2.2 billion in 2019.
Wireless Infrastructure Market Segment Analysis – By Technology
During the forecast period Macrocell RAN segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.4%. The largest segment in the market for wireless infrastructure is Macrocell RAN. Wireless communications infrastructure has advanced further with the evolution of software, hardware and dynamic networking technologies, incorporating numerous distributed Heterogeneous Networking (HetNet) technologies such as Cloud RAN and Wi-Fi Carrier. However, the segment is expected to register a slow growth rate due to the increasing adoption in the coming years of its technologically advanced HetNet counterparts. The 5G network innovation is additionally slated to supplement this development and deployment of Distributed Antenna System, RAN and Backhaul technology, upheld by rising R&D ventures by wireless transporters and provincial and national governments.
Wireless Infrastructure Market Segment Analysis – By End Use
The Automotive Segment is projected to grow during the forecast period at the highest CAGR of 9.9%. Ford recently filed with the United States a patent application Patent & Trademark Office for an autonomous police vehicle capable of detecting traffic infringements, tracking vehicles, capturing license plate images and establishing wireless communication with other vehicles. The autonomous police car could collect data from traffic cameras and road sensors to detect infringements or the vehicle itself could detect the violation. GM has pledged an autonomous car without a steering wheel or pedals by 2022 and in 2021 Tesla plans to send one of its autonomous vehicles on a cross-country test trip. For these technologies to work, reliable infrastructure will be required. While many emerging use cases on the Internet of Things can be accommodated on existing 4G networks and with the natural evolution of those networks, autonomous driving will place demands on networks such as the need for no latency (or delay) and no loss of data rates even during congested times. Autonomous vehicles will require 100 times greater bandwidth and 150 times better latency in the realm. 5G will be instrumental in addressing latency and speed requirements, and a dense network of small cells, distributed antenna systems and a centralized Radio Access Network (RAN) will be key to making autonomous cars a reality.
Wireless Infrastructure Market Segment Analysis – By Geography
APAC is expected to dominate the global Wireless Infrastructure market with a share of more than 38%. The highest growth is expected to be from the Asia Pacific wireless infrastructure market from deployment of Distributed Antenna System, Remote Radio Heads, Backhaul and Radio Access Network. India has the largest Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) market in the world which requires significant wireless infrastructure. The growing number of mobile internet users in Asia, almost 2.2 billion in 2019, has also contributed to the increased demand for wireless communication networks. 5G technology was also developed and pioneered in Asia, with South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan being some of the first countries to launch 5G services. Attractive speeds and affordable costs are expected to drive the adoption of 5G, thus strengthening the region’s wireless infrastructure market. Increasing use of wireless infrastructure also offers benefits such as reducing travel costs that occur due to frequent business, international or domestic travel, through the implementation and use of new and innovative platforms such as Unified Communication (UC). This is expected to boost the market growth in this region.
Wireless Infrastructure Market Drivers
Advent of Digitalization in Various Sectors
Increasing internet penetration of things around the world is the key factor driving wireless infrastructure market growth. This, coupled with the advent and growing popularity of 4G and 5G technology, is also boosting the market. Furthermore, the rapid adoption of IoT-based electronic devices and the rise in mobile data traffic will also help the market gain momentum in the future. Growing demand and adoption of 4G LTE and high-speed 5G connectivity infrastructure capabilities, demand for Cloud RAN, ongoing trend of WYOD (Wear Your Own Device) and (Bring Your Own Device) BYOD approaches in commercial offices, the adoption of cloud-based services, and the integration of Artificial Intelligence in telecommunication applications are additional major factors predicted to fuel growth in the target market.
Increased Use of High-Tech Infrastructure in Various End-Use Industries
Improvisation of communication networks and high-tech infrastructure in various end-use industries is the result of increased demand for faster information transmission. Industry verticals such as Telecom & IT and BFSI adopt wireless infrastructure and communication solutions on a global scale to enable the business to function smoothly and to be able to carry out daily activities without interruption and in an efficient manner. Another major factor projected to fuel the growth of the global wireless infrastructure market is the increasing focus of major companies to offer wireless infrastructure such as Remote radio heads and Radio Access Network not only in urban but also in rural or remote areas with government support. In addition, the advent of digitalization in industries such as aerospace and defense, and others, is also projected in the forecast period to help expand the wireless infrastructure market.
Wireless Infrastructure Market Challenges
Spectrum scarcity issue and Covid-19 emergence
The issue of spectrum scarcity for commercial mobile radio frequency networks is an issue which restricts market growth. The rise of COVID-19 has put the world at a standstill. It has the unprecedented impact this health crisis has had on businesses across industries. This, too, will pass though. In the fight against this highly contagious disease, rising support from governments and several companies can help. Some industries struggle and others thrive. Overall, the pandemic is anticipated to impact nearly every sector.
Wireless Infrastructure Market Landscape
Technology launches, acquisitions, and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in Wireless Infrastructure Market. Wireless Infrastructure Market is expected to be dominated by major companies such as Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., NEC Corporation, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., 3i Infrastructure plc, ADTRAN, Inc., Motorola Solutions, Inc., Ericsson, Samsung, ZTE Corporation, Cisco, Fujitsu, Juniper Networks, Inc., Vertical Bridge LLC, Commscope, HUBER+SUHNER, Nokia and Corning Incorporated among others.
In December 2019, Brookfield Infrastructure Partners has acquired 3i Infrastructure’s 93% stake in Wireless Infrastructure Group (WIG) for $474.1m.
In April 2019, Canada-based CDPQ agreed to acquire 30% minority stake in a US-based subsidiary of Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC. The subsidiary is based in Florida and is engaged in providing wireless communication infrastructure in North America. This acquisition is expected to aid Vertical Bridge Holdings to expand its business in the region by deploying 5G infrastructure.
5G Infrastructure: ESR 55923
Lisbon, Portugal, November 4, 2022 FDD 8T8R antennas based on Huawei Hertz platform have reached a new milestone with their first-ever commercial adoption in Portugal. The Hertz platform uses innovative technologies such as ultra-precision arrays (UPA) to support precise beamforming, as well as signal direct injection feeding (SDIF). It is the first of its kind in the industry to natively support FDD 8T8R antennas and can greatly improve antenna energy efficiency and help operators build an excellent 5G network that are also quite energy-efficient.
Results show that Hertz platform-based FDD 8T8R antennas deliver 4.9 dB higher downlink coverage than FDD 4T4R. In addition, the uplink and downlink throughput are improved by 80% and 30% and the uplink and downlink cell-edge rates 40% and 60%. This shows that the spectral efficiency of FDD mid-band spectrum and user experience can be greatly improved.
Hertz FDD 8T8R Antenna Commercially Used in Portugal
Since the commercial rollout of 5G, Portugal has witnessed a fast growth in 5G user base, which in turn requires continuous 5G coverage and better user experience. FDD mid-band 8T8R, ensuring both coverage and user experience, is the next-generation key technology for 5G mid-band evolution. It has been used in more than 80 countries around the world for 5G basic network construction. Hertz platform antennas support FDD 8T8R and multi-band integration of more than 12 ports, and this makes it easier for operators to provide continuous cross-generation experience while ensuring fast deployment.
Eric Zhao, President of Huawei Antenna Business Unit, emphasized, “Huawei antennas are committed to providing ultimate 5G solutions for operators to simplify deployment and maximize energy and spectral efficiencies. Hertz platform antennas, as the industry’s first antennas to support FDD 8T8R, will assuredly boost 5G network development.”
Manila, Philippines, September 22 2022. Huawei has started to commercially deploy its third-generation 5G Massive MIMO outside China, with the Philippines being the first major recipient. The major product in the third-generation 5G RAN series, MetaAAU, brings 5.5G technologies to 5G networks and represents a key path for 5G network evolution. Next-generation innovative technologies, such as ultra-wideband, multi-antenna, and extremely large antenna arrays, significantly improve spectral and energy efficiency and can help operators build future-oriented simplified, green, high-performance 5G networks.
The 3.5GHz MetaAAUs deployed in the Philippines boost download and upload speeds by 35%, and expand the coverage radius by 30% given the large inter-site distances there. As a result, more users can access 5G networks and average traffic increases by 37%. MetaAAU helps achieve cross-generation performance and ROI goals.
Since 5G was put into commercial use three years ago, the Philippines has been building 5G networks utilizing the wide bandwidth of the mid-band, and deployed Massive MIMO products to quickly deliver continuous 5G experience while meeting the growing 4G capacity demands. Now, 5G networks have covered 90% of the population in the National Capital Region. Further 5G development in the Philippines must overcome the challenge of large inter-site distances. The third-generation 5G RAN series, with the 3.5GHz MetaAAU as the iconic product, can address this challenge and meet the network development requirements, and underpins the construction of dual-band networks with optimal experience in the Philippines.
Yang Chaobin, President of Huawei’s Wireless Solution, said, “Ultra-wideband, multi-antenna, and extremely large antenna arrays are important innovations for improving coverage and reducing energy consumption. We believe that continuously improving the utilization of air interface resources will be conducive to the sustainable development of the communications industry in the Philippine.”
Paris, France, September 9, 2022. At the Industry Conference & Exhibition (IC&E) 2022 hosted by the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance, Dr. Wen Tong, Huawei Fellow and CTO of Huawei Wireless, delivered a keynote speech titled “Bridging 5G to 6G”. In his speech, Dr. Tong explained the driving forces and plans that can help 5G evolve into 6G, noting that 5.5G is a necessary step to accelerating this development.
Dr. Wen Tong, Huawei Fellow, delivering a keynote speech at the IC&E 2022
New Services Drive 5G to 5.5G to Provide New Capabilities.
5G is developing worldwide, with up to 40 base stations available on average for every 10 thousand users. In China, 5G is serving more than 30 vertical industries, directly creating an economic output worth US$1.3 trillion in 2021. Emerging 2C and 2B applications require further advancements in 5G capabilities, and this is driving the evolution to 5.5G, which will be defined by the improvements on enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC), and Massive Machine-Type Communications (mMTC), and also new capabilities for sensing, passive IoT, positioning, and intelligence. With them, 5.5G will be able to support 10 Gbps downlink, 1 Gbps uplink, 100 billion-level connections, and native intelligence, embarking on a new journey of 5G.
Ultra-high Bandwidth Is Essential to Downlink 10 Gbps.
Ultra-high bandwidth is only possible with sufficient spectrum, and this highlights the urgent need to fully use sub-100 GHz resources. By adding 200 to 400 MHz bandwidth of the 6 GHz band and 800 MHz bandwidth of mmWave to the existing 100 MHz FDD and 100 MHz TDD spectrum pools, the industry will be able to bring 10 Gbps to all users anytime, anywhere.
Uplink-Downlink Decoupling for Multi-Band Convergence Is the Basis of Uplink 1 Gbps.
Industry digitalization requires uplink to be far more powerful than downlink. With uplink-downlink decoupling, uplink and downlink spectrum on different bands can be flexibly combined to support 2B, including existing FDD spectrum and newly defined uplink-only spectrum. Through uplink/downlink decoupling, spectrum convergence will be possible to ensure 1 Gbps uplink.
To date, uplink-downlink decoupling has been commercialized in mining, steel, and many other industries to ensure 1 Gbps uplink for simultaneous 100-channel transmission of HD videos, 360° remote control, and other 2B applications.
“5.5G will bridge 5G to 6G. 5.5G and 6G will be fundamental to linking the physical world to digital and intelligent worlds,” Dr. Tong concluded. “The success of the mobile industry depends on unified standardization and industry collaboration. Let’s jointly advance to 5.5G and boost collaboration to accelerate technology maturity for a sustainable future.”
Huawei 5G Core is strongest among all solutions
September 7, 2022 By Yash Mishra
A new report from GlobalData has ranked the Huawei 5G phone core as the strongest and 5G core solutions across the globe. Fortunately, Huawei is again standing at the top of the market, this time for its 5G-oriented technologies and solutions.
By the term again, we mean that the Chinese tech giant has constantly scored this place since 2019. For four years, Huawei 5G core solutions have remained one of the best, strongest, and most used solutions around the world.
Speaking about the report source, GlobalData is an eminent data analytics and consulting institute in the ICT sector. It provides an accurate analysis of the network stability, and transitions to 5G. In the latest edition, the organization surfed over how the 5G core network acts with the live network.
In this report, a total of 5 manufacturers have gained reputable positions in the GlobalData report. To begin with, Huawei has maintained its position in the first rank. Thereafter comes the Ericsson dual-mode core which is 2.3 times lower than Huawei.
The third position is grabbed by ZTE 5G common core. And the last two positions are for Nokia and Cisco respectively.
What is 5G Core?
You might be wondering what is 5G Core. Well, the networks ranging from 2G to 5G will remain in this world for a longer period. Hence, the tech makers have to provide a 5G core solution that can alternate efficient network growth towards the 5G networks.
Moreover, these core solutions help the standalone networks (5G) to face the challenges of several RATs (Radio Access Technology), and complex O&M (Operations and Maintenance).
The report is also based on some key factors which are given below.
Architecture Resilience: Huawei 5G core uses telco cloud and microservice-centric architecture. This provides Strong and reliable solutions that help the operator to develop ultra-stable and premium networks, software overload protection, and on-demand in-service upgrades.
Solution Maturity: Since the 5G core solutions of Huawei carries advanced mechanism, it provides durable solutions to the operators. For instance, the Mobile VPN solution is running in more than 500 enterprises across the world. Ultimately, it has also covered huge sectors – public services, healthcare, remote offices, and more.
Network Evolution: Huawei has already imposed the Single Packet Core and Single Voice Core on its solutions. Consequently, these elements help in converging data and voice networks more comprehensively. Furthermore, these elements can provide services for all types of networks ranging from 2G to 5G. It also eases the O&M evolution for the firms.
Network Automation: Huawei 5G Core has also scored good marks in network automation. The company has used the autonomous driving network that depends on the telco cloud. Thus, this solution aids the high network stability, efficient network change, and optimal experience and uplifts the ADN level to the fourth grade (L4).
With such types of technologies and solutions, Huawei will definitely achieve a good height in the business and digital economy.
Huawei 5G Core Continues to Rank No.1
GlobalData Releases 5G Mobile Core Competitive Landscape Assessment
Aug 29, 2022
[Shenzhen, China, August 29, 2022] GlobalData recently released a report entitled 5G Mobile Core: Competitive Landscape Assessment. The assessment concluded that Huawei 5G Core portfolio is the strongest, rated as the “leader” among all the 5G core solutions and use cases around the world. The score gap between Huawei and No.2 is up to 2.3 times that of 2021, and this is the fourth straight time Huawei 5G Core has been rated as the global leader since 2019.
5G Core Ranks
Huawei 5G Core Ranks as Global Leader for Four Consecutive Years
GlobalData is a world-renowned data analytics and consulting company in the ICT industry. It provides expertise in market research and predictions in addition to vendor analysis. According to the report, higher requirements are posed on network stability, and in turn on network reliability design as more global core networks go cloud and transition to 5G. Facing this trend, how a 5G core network solution performs on live networks is weighed more when evaluating whether it is ready for commercial use.
As 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G Non-Standalone (NSA), and 5G Stand Alone (SA) networks will coexist for a long time, equipment vendors need to provide a 5G core network solution that can facilitate smooth network evolution towards 5G SA and utilize a convergent core network architecture to address the challenges of multiple RATs coexistence, like complex O&M. Moreover, equipment vendors’ technical innovation and commercial use progress in autonomous driving network and voice services are also key assessment indicators involved in this report.
Architecture Resilience: Huawei 5G Core was developed based on the telco cloud and microservice-centric architecture. Through the Rock-solid Reliability Advanced solution, Huawei 5G Core helps operators build ultra-reliable, premium networks characterized by hardware fault tolerance, software overload protection, service running as usual upon emergencies, and on-demand in-service upgrade, making services always online.
Solution Maturity: Huawei 5G Core is leading the large-scale commercial use worldwide with stable and reliable live network performance to helping operators quickly develop users and innovate services. Specifically, Huawei 5G Core helps operators replicate 5GtoB innovation projects in large scales. For instance, the Mobile VPN solution has been successfully piloted and put into commercial use in more than 500 enterprises around the world, covering a wide range of scenarios like campus private networks, public services, healthcare, and remote offices.
Network Evolution: Huawei has adopted the Single Packet Core (SPC) and Single Voice Core (SVC) solutions to build a microservice-based, fully convergent data and voice network, which is unique in the industry and can provide services for 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G NSA, and 5G SA subscribers on one network. It also simplifies the networking and O&M and realizes smooth evolution.
Network Automation: Huawei 5G Core also did well in network automation. The company has put forward the autonomous driving network (ADN) solution that relies on the telco cloud. This solution implements high network stability, efficient network change, and optimal network experience and helps lift the ADN level to L4.
With continuous innovation, exploration, and commercial practices of all sectors, 5G industry development has embarked on the fast track, and a robust core network will back up the process. Huawei will continue to further develop and commercialize its 5G Core solution, helping global operators advance the development of their 5GtoC and 5GtoB services and achieve business success.
Huawei exec responds to company’s ban from Canada’s 5G rollout
China Unicom Beijing spearheaded the commercialization of Huawei’s brand-new 64T64R MetaAAU in a pilot urban residential area in Tongzhou District, which is home to a large number of 5G users who have a huge demand for 5G services. The rollout of 64T64R MetaAAU resulted in a significant increase in user-perceived rates. Even at a building near the cell edge, the downlink user-perceived rate was able to reach 100 Mbps on every floor. This breakthrough technology transcends the longstanding challenges facing deep residential area coverage to further develop ubiquitous gigabit high-quality 5G networks.
64T64R MetaAAU is an upgrade of the Huawei MetaAAU series that adopts extremely large antenna array (ELAA) technology for optimal performance and energy efficiency. The number of channels has grown from 32T32R to 64T64R, meaning this brand-new green 5G base station Massive MIMO product can deliver strong coverage, large capacity, and outstanding experience.
Since the commercialization of 5G, China Unicom Beijing has built gigabit 5G networks in urban areas for continuous coverage by deploying Massive MIMO products based on the 3.5 GHz large bandwidth. In the first half of this year, China Unicom Beijing also extended gigabit 5G networks in multiple villages. However, the limited uplink coverage and small coverage radius of mid and high bands pose challenges for network construction in scenarios requiring strong coverage, such as densely populated urban areas. MetaAAU boosts coverage and is the ideal option for China Unicom Beijing for delivering enhanced coverage and gigabit 5G experience both indoor and outdoor through wall penetrating signals.
Fan Liqun, head of China Unicom Beijing’s 5G co-construction and sharing work team, said, “In the first half of this year, we deployed 32T32R MetaAAUs at over 1,000 sites to cement our digital village strategy. This time, we deployed Huawei’s brand-new 64T64R MetaAAUs in a residential area, and we were amazed at how well it is performing on the live network. We look forward to widely deploying this product in the future to provide our users with better 5G experience in more scenarios.”
“Since the MetaAAU was launched, we have worked with China Unicom Beijing to commercialize it in different scenarios on the live network.” said Ritchie Peng, President of Huawei 5G Product Line. “I am delighted to see the excellent performance of MetaAAU on the live network in residential areas. We will continue to work with China Unicom Beijing to test this product in more scenarios and fully unleash the power of Massive MIMO for operators.”