With or without the pandemic, Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2021 is happening this year in Shanghai. It’s the biggest trade show in the mobile calendar and it’s where many of the year’s most exciting handsets are often announced – alongside tablets, wearables, and other tech.
MWCS 2021 starts this February 23 up to 25. Huawei will kick off with Huawei Day Forum with the first topic 5g Brings New Value to be followed by relevant presentations and discussions in line with this year’s theme, CONNECTED IMPACT.
Prior to the main event, Huawei shared to media 5G: Lighting Up the Future with Ryan Ding, Board and the President of Carrier Business Group, at the Huawei Pre-MWCS 2021 Media and Analyst Briefing.
“2020 has been a difficult year. During this time, Huawei worked closely with our customers,” Mr. Ding began.
In 2020, Huawei supported the stable operations of over 300 networks across more than 170 countries and helped operators provide online services and minimize the impact of the pandemic on their business. Working with Huawei, operators attracted 22 million new wireless home broadband users worldwide. Thanks to this, people can easily access telemedicine services and work from home.
5G developed faster than we had expected
More than 140 commercial 5G networks have been deployed in 59 countries. According to Ding, over 50% of these were built by Huawei. The ecosystem is also maturing. In China, more than 68% of smartphones shipped in 2020 were 5G phones. More than 200 5G modules and industrial devices are now available, supporting 5G application in a broad range of industries.
Stephanie Lynch-Habib, Chief Marketing Officer of GSMA followed next and discussed Intelligent 5G，Paving the Way for the Future, as the second topic of the day.
We learned during the Huawei Pre-MWCS 2021 Media and Analyst Briefing that Huawei predicts that 1 in 5 people will be using 5G or will be reached with 5G technology by the end of 2021. This seems to be accurate now that major telcos in the Philippines are racing for full 5G network connections delivered in every home and industries across the nation.
It was during Peng Song, the President of Huawei’s Carrier Marketing & Solution Sales Department’s keynote speech titled “NetX 2025: The Path to Future Networks” made the announcement of the release of the NetX 2025 White Paper, including supporting data based on IDC research and analysis. This paper introduces the GUIDE model, explaining what future operator networks will look like.
Peng shared Huawei’s vision for the target operator network of 2025. From the perspectives of business success and technological capabilities, Huawei believes that the target network must have five characteristics: Gigabit Anywhere, Ultra-Automation, Intelligent Multi-Cloud Connection, Differentiated Experience, and Environment Harmony.
“Huawei will work with industry partners to figure out how to deliver ultimate user experience anytime and anywhere with 1+N 5G network,” said Ritchie Peng, President of Huawei’s 5G Product Line, as he delivered his keynote speech for the final topic, titled Building Optimal 5G Networks by Sustained Innovation.
Two years into the commercial adoption of 5G, mobile services maintain a strong momentum, and the mobile industry is presented with many fresh, tremendous opportunities. Huawei has proposed the “1+N” 5G Target Network strategy to make achievements that will benefit all parties through sustained innovation and collaboration with customers.
5G development beyond expectations
The forecasts about 5G network deployment that were made one year ago have all become a reality. The number of 5G users globally has reached 200 million, and 800,000 5G sites have been constructed worldwide. This only means that the overall user experience has been improved by more than tenfold, and entry-level 5G terminals are already available at a price as low as US$350.
There are a number of factors driving the rapid growth of 5G networks across the industry chain, particularly the sustained innovation by telecom carriers on services; device vendors on product forms and new applications; and system equipment vendors on systems, algorithms, and solutions; as well as industry customers on vertical applications.
5G is developing faster than we expected and with all their digital transformations, AI and industrial digitization, and technological innovations, Huawei will be on the move to plot a 5G connected world in the near future.