Huawei calls for cross-industry efforts to promote 5.5G technology

Huawei said that a total of 230 carriers around the world have already rolled out 5G commercial services

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Huawei rotating chairman Ken Hu called for cross-industry efforts aimed at promoting so-called “5.5G” technology, which will enable advanced services and applications for businesses and consumers.

5.5G is not an official standard, but telecom players sometimes start appending the extra 0.5 as a generation standard matures and moves into the “advanced” phase of standards (as in LTE-Advanced or LTE-Advanced Pro). ).

“5G has grown faster than any previous generation of mobile technology. In just three years, we’ve seen solid advances in network deployments, consumer services, and industrial applications,” Hu said during his keynote speech at Huawei’s 13th Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF) held this week in Bangkok, Thailand.

The executive also pointed out that despite the rapid progress in 5G, the industry must work together to fully realize the true benefits of 5G networks and extend them to services such as cloud and system integration. “Together we can drive leapfrog development in 5G networks, applications and the industry at large,” he added.

According to Hu, as of October 2022, a total of 230 carriers have rolled out commercial 5G services around the world. In total, the telecom industry has already installed 3 million 5G base stations, serving more than 700 million subscribers on a global scale.

Hu also stressed that consumer services still account for the bulk of carriers’ revenue. However, the proliferation of 5G technology will lead to new changes in consumer behavior, including a sharp increase in HD video traffic. He also stressed that new mobile applications leveraging 5G speed and lower latency have doubled users’ average data consumption and increased the operator’s average revenue per user (ARPU) by 20-40%.

He also said B2B 5G applications are also becoming a new engine for revenue growth for carriers, who are seeing increasing value in industries such as oil and gas, manufacturing and transportation.

Hu also stressed that Chinese operators raked in over CNY3.4 billion (US$500 million) in new revenue from more than 3,000 industrial 5G projects last year.

To take advantage of these opportunities, Hu said networks should be built to optimize different types of user experiences. He explained that Chinese network operators have optimized their networks for TikTok and other popular video services, reducing first input lag by 50% and frame freezes by 90%. Hu explained that this enhanced video experience has doubled data consumption and attracted new users for 5G services in China.

Regarding the future possibilities of “5.5G” technology, Hu said that Huawei has worked with carriers and industry partners to propose four features for the development of the current 5G, namely: 10Gbps downlink, 1Gbps s uplink, support for 100 billion connections and innate intelligence.

“Industry must come together to define standards, prepare spectrum and expand ecosystem,” Hu said.

He also noted that 5G can be integrated with cloud and AI to deliver new services for consumers and businesses. “Network operators can deliver new experiences such as extended reality (XR), cloud gaming, and enhanced calling services to individual consumers, and provide enterprises with richer digital transformation solutions. These open up new revenue streams and offer network operators the opportunity to go beyond connectivity and move to cloud services and systems integration.”

Meanwhile, James Chen, president of Huawei’s Carrier Business Group global sales division, said in another keynote session that network resources must be maximized for 5G technology to be commercially successful.

According to Chen, accelerating the deployment of 5G networks is necessary to realize the full value of 5G as this technology is only available to 29% of the world’s population, which translates to 92% 4G coverage. “To realize the commercial success of 5G, we must accelerate deployment to bridge this gap,” said Chen.

The executive also stressed that operators need to improve spectrum usage to take full advantage of 5G business opportunities.

“All bands will eventually evolve to 5G, but different bands have different capabilities, and these allow carriers to offer different services to different customers,” Chen said.

“TDD bands are the ideal choice to support the massive capacity and next-generation experience of 5G. They form the capacity layer of 5G. FDD bands are at lower frequencies and offer solid coverage. They also offer the best user experience and support all services including voice and NB-IoT. mmWave operates in a higher spectrum with limited coverage, so it can be deployed to provide fixed wireless access and increase capacity in hotspots,” he added.

Management also emphasized that 5G network operators will be able to maximize their network capacities to meet the needs of all services through the intelligent use of frequency bands.

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