Huawei Powering a Positive 5G Business Cycle and Embracing 5.5G

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October 12, 2023 11:30 Korea Standard Time
  • Li Peng, President of the Carrier BG, Huawei

    Li Peng, President of the Carrier BG, Huawei

SHENZHEN, CHINA--(Korea Newswire)--Huawei kicked off the 14th Global Mobile Broadband Forum in Dubai, UAE. Li Peng, Huawei’s President of Carrier BG, delivered a keynote at the event. In his speech, Li called on global carriers and industry partners to rise to the occasion, address increasing demands on networks, and make the most of the future trends.

“Let’s start today, build tomorrow’s networks for future services, and unleash 5G’s infinite potential for continuous success,” he said.

In his speech on powering a positive 5G business cycle and embracing 5.5G (5G-A), Li stated, “We are already on the right path towards 5G business success, and 5G-Advanced is the natural next step in 5G’s evolution.”

He emphasized that when we look back at history, every major economic transformation came from innovation in general purpose technologies. “Now we’re in the digital age, where the Internet is powering the digital economy,” said Li in his speech.

“5G is a critical part of new economic transformation,” continued Li. “And it’s enabling new innovation in general purpose technologies. For digital industries, 5G is developing fast, opening up new markets and opportunities.”

According to Li, future mobile networks need to have six key features: 10 Gbps downlink, 1 Gbps uplink, deterministic networking, support for a hundred-billion IoT connections, integrated sensing and communication, and native AI capabilities. To make this happen, carriers and industry players not only need to continuously enhance their capabilities in three core usage scenarios - enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine-type communications (mMTC), and ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC) - but also develop three new capabilities, including Uplink Centric Broadband Communication (UCBC) and Real-Time Broadband Communication (RTBC).

Speaking on 5G-Advanced, the next evolutionary step in 5G technology, Li also noted that the industry needs to work together to promote the development of device and application ecosystems, verify use case scenarios, and accelerate the large-scale commercialization of FWA Square, Passive IoT, and RedCap.

These efforts are crucial to make the most of the five new trends that will shape an intelligent digital future.

Glasses-Free 3D

The glasses-free 3D industry ecosystem is maturing fast. Breakthroughs in technologies including cloud rendering and real-time 3D virtual humans will take immersive experience to new heights. Moving forward, more and more devices like mobile phones and TVs will support glasses-free 3D, which will drive data traffic up by a factor of ten relative to 2D video.

Self-Guided Vehicles

By 2025, there will be more than 500 million smart vehicles on the road. With high-bandwidth and low-latency networks, smart vehicles will be able to share information with people, vehicles, roads, and the cloud in real time. In assisted-driving scenarios, smart vehicles will consume more than 300 gigabytes of data every month for cloud-based model training and weekly algorithm updates. In self-driving scenarios, data consumption will rise by a factor of 100.

Next-Gen Manufacturing

With breakthroughs in capabilities like network slicing and edge computing, the number of 5G private networks for enterprise use has increased a hundredfold, and the market size has grown to over US$10 billion. However, as production lines become more flexible, increasingly reliant on wireless networks, and more core production systems are deployed on the cloud, higher requirements are posed on 5G networks.

Huawei worked with a carrier and industry partners to build the industry’s first 5G-Advanced flexible trial production line. For this production line, 5G-Advanced supports high-concurrency and highly deterministic network connections, which helps more efficiently connect computing power between cloud and network edge.

Generalized Cellular IoT

There are more than three billion mobile IoT connections around the world, and 5G now connects more things than people. In the near future, 5G will support a broader range of IoT technologies like medium-speed RedCap and Passive IoT. This will provide more options for different IoT scenarios, allowing for more efficient flow of data, information, and computing power. For example, in the home appliance manufacturing sector, Passive IoT can help provide visibility along the entire distribution and production chain, and has helped increase overall productivity by 30% in verification trials.

Guaranteed Intelligent Computing Everywhere

With the rise of new developments in AI, such as foundation models, demand for AI computing power will see explosive growth. By 2025, this demand is expected to be 100 times greater than current levels. To unleash the full potential of AI computing power, more advanced network capabilities are key. Networks will need to have larger bandwidth and lower latency to power truly intelligent connectivity. In addition, as traffic models begin to change, future networks will need to be more autonomous and intelligent to deliver a reliable experience.

Huawei’s Rotating Chairman Ken Hu, and the Director General of GSMA, Mats Granryd, discussed about the current state of 5G development and future projections.

Speaking on next steps for 5G, Ken Hu mentioned several key consumer-facing initiatives that can help mobile operators achieve ongoing business success. These include continuously expanding network coverage, enhancing user experience, and exploring more flexible pricing models.

As for the B2B market, Hu suggested that the industry should leverage proven 5G applications to drive 5G adoption at scale across more industries. Throughout this process, mobile operators can better position themselves to seize new opportunities in industry digitalization by strengthening their capabilities in cloud, industrial application development, and end-to-end system integration.

“Looking forward, we have lots of work to do,” said Hu. “We need to enhance our capabilities, evolve the technology, create better user experience, scale up in industry, and maximize the value of our investment on 5G.”

To help further enrich the 5G application ecosystem, GSMA has proposed the Open Gateway initiative as a way to support cross-industry innovation. Open Gateway is a framework of common APIs that will bring universal access to operator network capabilities, allowing developers and cloud service providers to improve and create new digital services.

“Now we have roughly 240 mobile operators signed up, representing more than 62% of the world’s mobile subscribers,” said Granryd. “Open Gateway is a way for developers, hyperscalers, and others to more effectively use the capabilities of networks, and create common APIs that we can share across the whole operator community. It’s like what we did with roaming back in the 2G era, but for APIs. It’s very, very exciting.”

“We need to activate the ecosystem,” agreed Hu. “Particularly application developers. Open Gateway is a great way to help developers make full use of networks, creating greater development opportunities for 5G in both the consumer and industry digitalization markets.”


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Ji Min, Oh

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