At Mobile World Congress 2022, Huawei demonstrated how by harnessing the potential of emerging technologies, networks could be made intelligent and enable operators to be future-ready to seize the untapped opportunities of digitalization.
To help operators thrive and innovate in the new digital future, Huawei redefines GUIDE, which it defines as building ubiquitous gigabit connectivity, speeding up ultra-automation to address uncertainties and providing intelligent computing and networks as a service. All this while offering differentiated on-demand experiences and enabling sustainability with green ICT.
"If we look at today from 2030, what should we be doing right now to evolve our networks to seize the opportunities of digitalization? The definition of the GUIDE model, which was firstly released in the past year, needs to be expanded. This is why we are proposing GUIDE is Now," says Peng Song, President, Global Carrier Marketing & Solution Sales, Huawei.
"GUIDE creates a future-proof three-layer structure. First, GUIDE outlines the future. It is our proposal for a shared business vision for the digital world, which integrates service development, operational efficiency, business value, and social contribution," Song adds.
The new GUIDE model also creates network measurement benchmarks as a guide of planning for markets at different stages of development to discover the most appropriate path for the network evolution.
Building new capabilities for the future
As the 5G momentum continues to build, the industry is banking big on cloud technologies such as AI, IoT, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), and big data, which by integrating with the ultra-fast 5G connectivity, can create a new generation of connected cars, workshops, factories, and networking experience.
According to Huawei’s Intelligent World 2030 report, by 2030, there will be more than 200 billion connections globally, as all things will be connected with intelligence. In addition, the report further states that there will be 1.6 billion fiber broadband subscribers, which will make holographic communication and humanized space possible based on the 10Gbps home broadband.
"Many ICT technologies were used at the International Sports Game in Beijing. At Shougang Park, where big-air events like the ski jump took place, unmanned delivery vehicles delivered takeout food to designated locations and sent messages to attendees to let them know their meal had arrived. There were also mobile vending machines that you could flag down when you wanted to buy something. Then, after you’d made your purchase, they’d move along in search of their next customer," says Song.
Further, autonomous vehicles were also used to carry athletes from one location to another. This was supported by the 5G intelligent Internet of Vehicles (IoV) system. "Along a 10-kilometer road, the operator deployed 17 5G base stations to enable an L4 autonomous driving network at this Park," adds Song.
Notably, Huawei had also helped operator to enable the world’s first high-speed train with 5G coverage. The passengers could watch 4K live streaming without any disruption even though the train runs at a speed of up to 350 kilometers per hour. Passengers were also able to view the events from any angle and see athletes’ spectacular moves in bullet time. The experience was similar to that of 360-degree high-definition virtual reality.
Song predicts that these innovations will surely go beyond the stadium to more places in the near future. Further, the constraints related to time, distance, and biology will no longer be as less relevant as they are now. They will continue to break the boundaries between the real and virtual world.
At MWC 2022, Huawei also presents a range of the latest products and technologies, such as 5G MetaAAU, Fiber-to-the-Room (FTTR), and Optical Cross-connect (OXC), enabling operators to deploy gigabit access services on a large scale and helping them achieve new growth through innovations in networks, services, and business models.
"Further on, we will explore outer space and the ocean and use next-generation networks to build space cities and underwater cities. We will explore the human brain to unlock human mysteries and break biological limits using wireless connectivity and AI technologies," elaborates Song.
Looking to the future, the 5G technology has a critical role in accelerating digital transformation and the recovery of economies plagued by the pandemic. And Huawei is surly leaving no stone unturned in enabling operators to create a future-proof ecosystem.