Global Technology firm, Huawei Technologies has sent the clearest signal on the possibility of emerging markets beginning to enjoy 5G mobile networks in the the next few years.
Ahead of the 2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC) that kicks off next week, in Barcelona, Spain, Huawei has released the “Simplified 5G” deployment strategy at the pre-MWC 2019 briefing in London.
For Base Transmitting Stations (BTS) site deployment, Huawei has released the Super Blade Site solution. The footprint required by blade sites is zero, which reduces operators’ dependency on basic resources enabling faster 5G deployment and greatly decreases the site Total Cost of Ownership.
According to Peter Zhou, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Wireless Solution, the firm’s efforts to rollout simplified 5G networks, automation, and business simplification will become the development direction of mobile networks in emerging markets in the near future.
Unlike 3G and 4G networks that took more than 5 years to mature, 5G networks, Mr. Zhou noted will take considerably shorter maturity periods. “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,” He noted.
Traditional sites face the challenges of large footprint, expensive rental, high energy consumption, and complex Operating and Maintenance costs. In addition to resolving these issues, the new Super Blade Site solution, makes full use of existing site resources and improves site deployment efficiency.
Delivering the keynote address in London, Zhou acknowledged 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,” Zhou said.
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.
A Series of Network Automation Solutions for Autonomous Driving 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.