At the MWC Shanghai 2021 event, Huawei has unveiled and released its 5GtoB solution. The new reveal, like its name, is a “one-stop tech solution that covers sales, operations, and services” in regards to 5G. The basic aim of this technology is to create value for every “player across the industry value chain”.
Huawei has worked with operators and other industry partners to develop this. Additionally, the company hopes that it will be of great help to users. This includes simplifying transactions for enterprise users; helping operators monetize their network capabilities; while allowing partners to innovate more efficiently.
Huawei 5GtoB Components
This new 5GtoB technology has four parts. These include 5GtoB Network, 5GtoB NaaS, 5GtoB App Engine, and 5GtoB Marketplace.
Huawei 5GtoB Network: This is an infrastructure service. It involves the building of 5G services, planning, construction, maintenance, and optimization of 5G services.
Huawei 5GtoB NaaS: This section seeks to create a platform to make it easier for “enterprise users and application developers to use 5G networks”. With this technology, enterprise users can personally manipulate 5G campus networks.
Huawei 5GtoB App Engine: Here, operators 5G network capacity can be accessed by system integrators and app developers. This is technically an app innovation center. It also ensures that app integration is easier and the development of the 5GtoB application is more efficient. Furthermore, Huawei asserts that it “serves as a bridge between 5G network capabilities and 5GtoB applications”.
Huawei 5GtoB Marketplace: This is “an all-in-one digital supermarket on the cloud”. Here enterprise users can efficiently make purchases for any industrial 5G solution they may require.
During the event, Huawei’s Executive Director and Carrier Business Group President Ryan Ding gave a keynote speech. In this, he talked about the developments, commercial returns, and opportunities for industry digitalization that 5G would bring.
The state of 5G on the globe
The 5G industry has been developing faster than expected, with 5G user base and the number of 5G devices in commercial use rising since 2019. By the end of 2020, 380 5G devices had hit the market, 8 times more than there was the year before. The mobile 5G user base had also reached 220 million and wireless home broadband connections reached 1.05 million. Ding claims these numbers will triple in 2021.
The prices of 5G phones are also dropping rapidly. There are already multiple units on the market priced at under US$150 and about 30 mid-range and low-end phones priced below US$300. According to Ding, the 5G mobile phone ecosystem will become as mature as 4G over the next one to two years as network rollouts continue and the user base keeps growing.