“5G has developed faster than any previous generation of mobile technology”

Huawei’s 13th Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF) kicked off today in Bangkok with a keynote address from the company’s rotating chairman, Ken Hu.

He said 5G has developed faster than any previous generation of mobile technology.

“In just three years, we’ve seen solid progress in network deployment, consumer services and industrial applications.”

5G is on the fast track,” he continued, “and we should all be proud of the progress we’ve made. But there’s more we can do to maximize its value. We must work together to fully unleash the power of 5G networks and expand into services such as cloud and systems integration. Together, we can advance the development of 5G networks, applications and the industry as a whole,” he said. he adds.

By October 2022, more than 230 carriers worldwide had launched commercial 5G services, a press release read.

In total, the industry has deployed more than three million 5G base stations, serving more than 700 million subscribers.

In telecoms, consumer services still represent the bulk of operator revenues. As 5G becomes more widespread, its vastly superior experience is driving new changes in consumer behavior, including a surge in high-definition video traffic.

New mobile apps that take advantage of 5G’s faster speeds and lower latency have doubled average user data consumption (DOU) and increased average revenue per user (ARPU) by 20% to 40%, helping to steady growth in operator revenues from connectivity.

At the same time, B2B 5G applications are also becoming a new driver of operator revenue growth, delivering tremendous value in industries such as oil and gas, manufacturing, and transportation.

These applications are not only innovative, they generate real business value for carriers. In 2021, for example, Chinese operators generated more than CNY 3.4 billion (about USD 500 million) in new revenue from more than 3,000 industrial 5G projects.

B2B 5G applications are poised to become the fastest growing revenue stream for carriers. 5G enables new service scenarios, applications and business models, paving the way for unprecedented growth opportunities in the industry.

“To seize these opportunities,” Hu said, “there are a few things we need to do.”

Building networks for a better user experience

Beyond extending coverage, networks must be built to optimize different types of user experience.

For example, Chinese carriers have optimized their networks for TikTok and other popular video services, reducing first input lag by 50% and frame freezes by 90%. This much smoother video experience has doubled data consumption and is attracting new users to 5G services.

Driving the development of 5.5G

To push 5G to the next level, Huawei has worked with carriers and industry partners to deliver four features for 5.5G, the next evolution of 5G technology: 10 Gbps downlink, 1 Gbps uplink/ s, support for 100 billion connections and native intelligence.

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

Drive service innovation to maximize the value of 5G

With high bandwidth and low latency, 5G can be integrated with cloud and AI to deliver entirely new services to consumers and businesses. Operators can deliver new experiences such as extended reality (XR), cloud gaming, and rich calling services for individual consumers, and provide enterprises with more comprehensive digital transformation solutions.

These open up new revenue streams, giving operators an opportunity to move beyond connectivity and into cloud services and systems integration.

Digitization of industry is the next wave of global economic development. As a key enabler of digital transformation, 5G opens up a world of new opportunities. But the ICT ecosystem must work together to get the most out of it. “If we work together, we can advance the development of 5G networks, applications and the industry as a whole,” Hu said.

The Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2022 is organized by Huawei, together with its industry partners GSMA and GTI. This annual forum brings together mobile network operators, vertical industry leaders and ecosystem partners from around the world to discuss how to make 5G a commercial success, as well as other priority industry topics such as as green development, intelligence and 5G evolution. For more information, please visit.

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