The 5G industry has developed faster than expected, and operators are already seeing commercial returns from the first wave of 5G deployment, with nothing short of an explosion in the 5G user base and the number of 5G devices available since. 2019, with due momentum. to continue until 2021, said Huawei’s CEO and chairman of the carrier business group Ryan Ding.
Delivering a keynote address at the company’s 5G Brings New Value forum, held at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2021, where Huawei announced the official launch of its new 5GtoB solution, Ding defended the developments, business returns and the opportunities for digitization of the industry that 5G would bring.
According to Ding, the 5G mobile phone ecosystem will become as mature as 4G over the next two years as network deployments continue and the user base continues to grow. He noted that by the end of 2020, 380 5G devices had hit the market, eight times more than the previous year. The 5G mobile user base had also reached 220 million, and home wireless broadband connections reached 1.05 million, a 17-fold and 21-fold increase year-on-year, respectively. Ding predicted that these numbers would triple in 2021.
Another key factor driving the adoption of 5G was the rapid drop in prices for 5G phones. There are already several units on the market priced below $ 150 and around 30 mid- and low-end phones priced below $ 300. Ding observed that in markets that first implemented 5G, operators have already started to realize commercial benefits. In China and South Korea, operator revenues continued to rise as their 5G user bases grew faster than in other countries. The presentation noted that Finnish operator DNA and Saudi operator Zain also achieved impressive financial results in the early phases of 5G commercial rollout.
Ding took the opportunity to officially launch its 5GtoB solution, which aims to create new value for every player in the industry value chain. First announced in November 2020, the 5GtoB suite is designed to enable smart and accurate planning, simplified on-demand provisioning, and proactive network operations and maintenance, for which efficiency is a major challenge in building network destination 1 + N.
The Huawei 5GtoB solution includes four parts: 5GtoB network, 5GtoB NaaS, 5GtoB App Engine, and 5GtoB Marketplace. With the 5GtoB network serving as the infrastructure of the 5G solution, Huawei said it would continue to develop its capabilities to provide scenario-based 5GtoB services, including network planning, construction, maintenance and optimization.
Huawei said that the suite realizes an alignment with the requirements of the industry service level agreement (SLA), adaptive implementation in complex scenarios, and real-time SLA monitoring and failure prediction, facilitating the digital design of the 5G B2B industry. It said that test results on live commercial networks had revealed that its technology could deliver 1 + N power efficiency and an optimal user experience, reducing power consumption by 15% and increasing network traffic by 10%. .
Ding said that based on its experience in connectivity, computing and industry digitization, Huawei could work with operators and other industry partners to develop a comprehensive solution covering sales, operations and services. It revealed that the suite’s first use case would be on industrial mobile devices, and that the suite would be used in the steel industry. Ding noted that with the capabilities and expertise built into this platform, 5G industrial solutions such as automated billet rotation, augmented reality assisted remote assembly, and steel surface quality inspection could be quickly standardized and replicated.
To conclude, Ding emphasized that the digitization of the industry would be a huge market, but that developments in digital infrastructure varied greatly between industries, application scenarios also varied, and related digital standards were not yet in place. As such, he called on all industry players to work together to establish a comprehensive 5GtoB ecosystem and standards to drive further digitization of the industry. He ended by highlighting Huawei’s commitment to investing in the ecosystem and standards and supporting the digitization of the industry.