The Tech Behind 4 Awards at the 5G World Summit


ByGary Maidment

September 16, 2020

Gary Maidment

Earlier this month, we took home four awards at the Informa Tech 5G World Summit. In this post, I give a quick run down of what we won and why, a quick intro to each technology, and a link where you can find out more about the tech.

Best Edge Computing Technology

What it is: 5GDN (Deterministic Networking) uses multi-access edge computing (MEC) to deliver differentiated connectivity and SLA guarantees for enterprises and industries.

Why it matters: Different network scenarios have different requirements on speed and latency, ranging from very strict – think autonomous cars and remote surgery – to non-critical, like the pings from sensors in a parking lot or monitoring by video surveillance.

5G will increase data traffic more than tenfold, 75% of which will be generated at the edge. Our ultra-high performance heterogeneous MEC provides deterministic low latency on demand, a complete development platform with tools to accelerate service innovation, and cloud-edge collaboration to share the ecosystem on public cloud for quickly rolling out edge ecosystems.

Consigning the “best-effort” model of earlier mobile broadband generations to history, 5GDN provides guaranteed services for enterprises by combining connectivity and applications to fit service requirements and the SLA requirements of different industries.

Read more: Powering industry verticals with deterministic networking-oriented 5G core.

Download the Huawei 5GDN Industry White Paper.

Most Innovative 5G Enterprise Partnership/Trial

What it is: The Wuhan 5G Smart Anti-Epidemic Project was established by Huawei and multiple major hospitals, medical institutions, and government departments immediately after the outbreak of the coronavirus at the beginning of 2020.

Why it matters: With 5G’s reliable service assurance, medical devices required for smart healthcare are ensured the highest access and scheduling priorities, highest bandwidth, and lowest latency. On-premise MEC deployment allows the fast transfer and processing of medical data.

In January 2020, Huawei, China Mobile (Hubei), China Unicom (Hubei), and several other partners, Huawei deployed a 5G network covering Huoshenshan hospital’s 34,000 square meters in 3 days – a feat that normally would have taken a month.

5G networks allowed fast and smooth data transfer between local government departments, medical institutions, and various enterprises during the pandemic.

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In January 2020, Huawei, with China Telecom and China Unicom’s Hubei subsidiaries and several other partners, deployed a 5G network in just 3 days – a feat that would normally take one month.

Deployment included network planning, survey design, laying the fiber, installing the base station antenna and main equipment, commissioning, testing, and going live.

Staff at Huoshenshan hospital remotely monitoring patients

Read more: A crucial 72 hours for hospital networks

Best RAN Technology

What it is: Our largest antenna and industry-leading Massive MIMO solution comprises 64 transmitters and 64 receivers in a single unit and weighs in at just 25 kg.

Why it matters: The two principle benefits of 5G – massive increases in bandwidth and data speeds – are achieved by upgraded technologies including the 5G algorithm itself, the frequency of the radio waves, and the antennas on both the phone and the large units we see on the top of buildings – Multiple In, Multiple Out (MIMO) antennas. They increase bandwidth by combining multiple concurrent transmitters and receivers.

Smart Massive MIMO uses AI algorithms to learn and model user device distribution on networks, adjusting performance parameters such as beam direction, width, and power on the fly. This leads to capacity gains, ramps up network optimization efficiency, and delivers an outstanding user experience. 

Read more about Massive MIMO and the related technology 5G Beamforming.

Best Virtualisation Initiative

What it is: Our telco Converged Cloud (TCC) is the industry’s first hyper-converged infrastructure platform that offers dual support for Kubernetes (K8s) and OpenStack for 5G core networks. It features 2B and 2C applications and O&M automation, which enables operators to reconstruct network cloud platforms and quickly deploy standalone 5G networks.

  • K8s is a container orchestration tool that manages and orchestrates containers. Applications run in containers so that they can be isolated from each other. They can be easily developed, deployed, and scaled without affecting each other.
A Kubernetes cluster
  • Openstack is a cloud orchestration tool that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources. These are managed through APIs or a dashboard and provide functions such as infrastructure-as-a-service, orchestration, fault management, and service management to ensure high availability of user applications.

Why it matters: Combining K8s and OpenStack can provide enhanced scalability and automation. The evolution from 4G to 5G means that virtual machines (VMs) and containers will co-exist in 5G networks. A unified resource pool can simplify resource management and optimize resource utilization across the network. 5G commercialization means that an increasing number of industry applications need to be deployed at edge sites and diversified computing capabilities will be widely used. To meet strict network SLA, infrastructure reliability need to be further enhanced.

Read more about Huawei’s cloud solutions.

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Digital Content Manager, Huawei Gary is a tech writer who focuses on ICT industry trends & he also runs this blog.

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