Since the first cellular network invention back in 1979, the mobile sector has witnessed mega growth and development to faster and more efficient communication means.
The latest evolution yet was the generation of the fifth-generation (5G) wireless network.
Since its introduction in April 2019, 5G development has witnessed embrace, development and application in over one thousand projects. Through its integration, many industries have resulted in a more proficient output.
As the linchpin of digital advancement, ICT has revealed its fundamental hand in the new normal brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Huawei Executive Director Ryan Ding, the ICT sector supersedes the telecoms industry in value, and operators have practically witnessed weighty revenue growth in countries with substantial 5G development.
“The rapid development of digital infrastructure driven by 5G will add EUR1.9 trillion to the Chinese economy in the next five years,” Mr Ding appreciated. “We see the same in South Korea and Europe,” he added.
Speaking during the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona 2021 , the President of Carrier BG illuminated the factors behind 5G success, especially when offered for consumers and when applied in business.
Analyzing for business applications, he initialized with Selection of appropriate industries, which is actualized by analyzing the demand potential, the affordability aspect, technical workability and the replicability strand.
Mr Ding seconded how narrowing the scope of implementation was a complementing factor. The Huawei director suggested the opportunities the operators could engage in the supply of the 5G network. He furnished the idea of how the operators could spearhead as network providers that offer connectivity services. “They can also serve as cloud service providers or even system integrators that provide end-to-end integration services,” said Mr Ding.
He finalized by expounding how the fashioning of innovative business models fused with the other two elements would be the key to replicating 5G to business success at scale.
Network planning which is an iterative process, encompasses topological design, network synthesis and network actualization.
Once actualized, the next logical step would be to accelerate 5G user migration, progressively creating demand. Interrelatively, the eventual step would be to create principle, malleable pricing models.
There has been a growing demand for home broadband, which has revealed the conveniences of 5G. Features such as Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) enables network operators to deliver speedy broadband to suburban and rural areas, especially where Fiber is restrainedly expensive to lay and maintain. This has enabled rapid deployment of contactless operations and maintenance.
“Middle East operators have achieved remarkable commercial success by taking FWA as a key use case of 5G,” Mr Ding identified.