ZTE uses simple arithmetic to figure out 5G networking

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ZTE Corporation has figured out 5G networking in four basic operations of arithmetic.  

According to ZTE’s President Xu Ziyang, who uses the four basic operations of arithmetic – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to figure out the best way to build a 5G network, ”Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are four arithmetic operations. However, to create an ideal 5G network, the order in which they are applied changes to subtraction, addition, division and multiplication.” 

In the aspect of 5G networking, subtraction focuses on the elimination of redundant structure to simplify the network. First, subtraction means unifying the network control layer by means of Core/BBU cloud integration, micro-service, software and hardware decoupling and other technologies, making logic functions combinable. Moreover, subtraction also involves simplifying the hardware equipment for access layer through multi-mode base stations, spectrum sharing, minimalist sites and other means to make hardware capabilities shareable.

Addition refers to the improvement of network intelligence, that is, to enhance the critical features of the network, such as AI and MEC. AI supports the contactless operation and maintenance, as well as more efficient network self-optimization while MEC allows the service sites to be faster, more reliable, more secure, and closer to users. 

Division is to enable network multiplexity, with network slicing as the core technology. By virtualizing a physical network and dividing it into several virtual networks, the network is enabled to serve multiple vertical customers simultaneously, thereby reducing the cost of building, operating and maintaining the network.

Finally, multiplication refers to the cross-border cooperation and application, that is, applying 5G to vertical industries, such as 5G control, 5G UAV, vehicle-to-network communication, AR and VR, triggering the business model revolution in these vertical industries.

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