During a recent industry event, Huawei announced that it has signed 22 commercial contracts for 5G.
Leading carriers are moving quickly toward 5G commercial deployment, because first movers will benefit first, said Huawei. The development of 5G is picking up speed thanks to two factors. First, major countries are among the first adopters of 5G, and together they represent one-third of the global population – a scale of adoption that is larger than the first waves of commercialization seen in 3G and 4G.
The second enabler of 5G is the device industry. 5G smartphones will be available in 2019, including 5G foldable phones that will create whole new experiences for users. Leading phone makers will launch budget phones (priced around US$100) soon after the commercial roll-out of 5G networks, driving the 5G industry forward.
During the event, Huawei introduced its innovative solutions that can facilitate carriers' 5G commercial deployment. Huawei claims that its highly compact Massive MIMO solution is the world's lightest and smallest AAU and is strong enough to perform reliably even during level-15 typhoons. Given that existing sites are very crowded, Huawei's 1+1 simplified antenna solution can keep sites clean and simple, and reduce rental costs for carriers. Huawei also provides an uplink and downlink decoupling solution that can achieve co-coverage of 4G and 5G C-band, delivering seamless coverage to users. Huawei's innovative 5G power solution and microwave solution help carriers build 5G faster and easier, with lower cost. Huawei is also using AI to help carriers simplify O&M and slash their OPEX.