At Mobile World Congress Shanghai (MWC Shanghai) 2023, Huawei shared its vision for a hyper-connected future. Through a series of keynote speeches and product launches, the company highlighted the transformative role of 5G and 5.5G in catalysing global digital transformation and opening up new avenues of growth for carriers.
During the conference, Sabrina Meng, Huawei’s Rotating Chairwoman and CFO delivered a keynote titled “Embracing 5G Transformation.” She emphasized the pivotal role of 5G in the global digital economy and stressed the potential of 5.5G to revolutionize industries and transform everyday life.
“5G has been in commercial use around the world for four years now, driving new value creation. Now, 5.5G, featuring 10-gigabit downlink speeds, gigabit uplink speeds, the ability to support 100 billion connections, and native AI, is the next step forward,” said Meng.
Li Peng, Huawei’s Senior Vice President and President of the Carrier BG echoed Meng’s sentiments, urging the industry to innovate collectively. “New business scenarios for people, homes, businesses, and vehicles are delivering new experiences. Enhanced network capabilities are creating a vast market space in 5.5G for carriers,” said Li.
Li spoke about emerging technologies such as naked eye 3D and ‘New Calling’, which promise to shape the next wave of user experience while triggering a surge in computing and network demands.
New business scenarios for Huawei
New business scenarios for people, homes, businesses, and vehicles are delivering new experiences. This raises requirements for network capabilities and drives the development of 5.5G networks capable of delivering a 10 Gbps experience. Huawei expects a 10-fold increase in network traffic as technologies such as glasses-free 3D and New Calling become widespread. Huawei will deepen its partnership with the industry to support these huge demands for computing power on the cloud and intelligent real-time computing as connectivity and computing markets are expected to become promising areas of growth for carriers.
The company will launch a complete set of commercial 5.5G network equipment to facilitate this growth in 2024. Huawei’s Director and President of ICT Products & Solutions, Yang Chaobin, said the company intends this launch to mark the beginning of the 5.5G era for the ICT industry. More than 260 commercial 5G networks are already worldwide, serving over 1.2 billion users, with 115 million gigabit F5G users.
Huawei proposed the concept of a 5.5G Era
Huawei proposed the concept of a “5.5G Era” based on an end-to-end solution that integrates comprehensive evolved technologies, including 5.5G, F5.5G, and Net5.5G. This solution would protect operators’ previous investment in 5G while also improving network performance by ten times.
Huawei highlighted the positive reception of its ‘Network-as-a-Service‘ model and showcased its digital managed network solution. This new offering helps carriers transform from Internet service providers to managed service providers, thereby driving new growth.
Steven Zhao, Vice President of Huawei’s Data Communication Product Line, stated that carriers can expand the B2B market by upselling managed services to existing private line customers. He said that Huawei’s digital managed network solutions enable carriers to achieve rapid revenue growth in the B2B market, accelerating the digital transformation of numerous industries.
Huawei also shared its successful experience with a customer in developing the industry’s first 5.5G-powered flexible production line, which underscored the potential of 5.5G to drive innovation in advanced manufacturing.
5G a vital engine for digital economy development
Cao Ming, President of Huawei Wireless Network Product Line, highlighted the role of 5G as a vital engine for digital economy development, enabling operators to achieve business success. “The ‘Five Linked and One Sense’ business of Linked People, Linked Things, Linked Vehicles, Linked Industry, Linked Family, and Synaesthesia continues to upgrade, bringing new impetus to the mobile industry to leap to 5.5G,” said Cao Ming.
As Huawei continues to invest in cutting-edge technologies and partnerships, Bruce Xun, the Vice President of Huawei’s Global Technical Service Department, stressed the company’s commitment to green, efficient, and robust networks that provide the ultimate user experience.
A successful MWC Shanghai 2023
Concluding a successful MWC Shanghai 2023, Huawei remains at the forefront of driving the global digital transformation. Embracing the advancements of 5G and 5.5G technologies, Huawei is leading the way in the development of the digital infrastructure of the future intelligent world.