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

Huawei said a total of 230 operators worldwide have already launched commercial 5G services

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Huawei Rotating Chairman Ken Hu has called for cross-industry efforts to advance so-called “5.5G” technology that will enable advanced services and applications for businesses and consumers.

5.5G is not an official standard, but players in the telecommunications industry sometimes start to take on the extra .5 around the time the generation standard matures and heads into the stage of “Advanced” standards (as in LTE-Advanced or LTE-Advanced Pro ).

“5G is growing faster than any previous generation of mobile technology. In just three years, we have seen solid progress in network deployment, consumer services and industrial applications,” Hu said during his keynote speech at the 13th Huawei Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF) held this week in Bangkok, Thailand .

The CEO also noted that despite rapid progress in 5G, the industry needs to work together to fully unleash the true benefits of 5G networks and expand into services such as cloud and system integration. “Together we can drive the development of 5G networks, applications and the industry as a whole,” he added.

According to Hu, a total of 230 operators worldwide have launched commercial 5G services as of October 2022. In total, the telecommunications industry has already installed 3 million 5G base stations, serving more than 700 million subscribers globally.

Hu also stressed that consumer services still account for the majority of the operator’s revenue. However, as 5G technology becomes more widespread, it will trigger new changes in consumer behavior, including a sharp increase in HD video traffic. He also highlighted that new mobile apps that take advantage of 5G speeds and lower latency have doubled average user data consumption and increased average operator revenue per user (ARPU) by 20-40%

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

Hu also highlighted that Chinese operators brought in over CNY 3.4 billion ($500 million) in new revenue from more than 3,000 industrial 5G projects last year.

To take advantage of these opportunities, Hu said, networks need to be built in a way that optimizes different types of user experiences. He explained that Chinese operators have optimized their networks for TikTok and other popular video services, reducing first-time lag by 50% and freezing by 90%. Hu said this enhanced video experience has doubled data consumption and is attracting new users to 5G services in China.

Regarding the future possibilities with the “5.5G” technology, Hu said that Huawei has worked with operators and industry partners to propose four features for the evolution of the current 5G, which will be: 10 Gbps downlink, 1 Gbps uplink, support for 100 billion connections and native intelligence.

“The industry needs to come together to define standards, prepare the spectrum and build the ecosystem,” Hu said.

He also noted that 5G can integrate with cloud and AI to provide new services for consumers and businesses. “Carriers can deliver new experiences such as augmented reality (XR), cloud gaming and enriched call services to individual users and provide enterprises with more comprehensive digital transformation solutions. They open up new revenue streams, enabling operators to move beyond connectivity and move to cloud services and system integration.”

Meanwhile, in another keynote session, James Chen, president of Huawei’s carrier business group’s global sales department, said network resources must be maximized for the commercial success of 5G technology.

According to Chen, to fully unlock the value of 5G, it is necessary to accelerate 5G network deployment, as this technology is only available to 29% of the world’s population, compared to 4G coverage of 92%. “Clearly, to realize the commercial success of 5G, we need to accelerate deployment to close this gap,” Chen said.

The CEO also emphasized that operators will need to improve their spectrum utilization to take full advantage of 5G’s business opportunities.

“All bands will eventually evolve to 5G, but different bands have different functions and they allow operators to offer different services to different customers,” Chen said.

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

The CEO also emphasized that 5G operators will be able to maximize their network capabilities to meet the needs of each service through intelligent use of frequency bands.

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