At the Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, Huawei, the leading global ICT solutions provider, shared its vision for a collaborative ecosystem that could stimulate innovation and the development of 5G, All-Cloud network, video, and IoT technologies. Huawei engaged with industry leaders, fostered important discussions on the three key issues of better connections, better business growth, and better experience, and showcased leading products and scenario-specific solutions. With its carrier customers and partners, Huawei used MWC as a platform to demonstrate how it is helping to build a fully connected, intelligent world.
In preparation for MWC, Huawei successfully held the Global Digital Transformation Forum. The forum focused on 5G, new economic value, business-to-business (B2B) services, big video, and operation transformation, and discussed how to accelerate operators’ digital transformation in the age of All Cloud, gathering more partners to forge a favorable digital ecosystem, and enhancing digital infrastructure.
Following the forum, Huawei unveiled a full range of end-to-end (E2E) 3GPP-compliant 5G product solutions. This world-first release covers the core network, the bearer network, base station, and terminals. Huawei’s 5G product solutions are entirely based on 3GPP standards, with full range, full scenario, and all-cloud being the defining characteristics. The featured products are also the only available options within the industry to provide 5G E2E capabilities.
This was not the only groundbreaking 5G announcement at MWC. Huawei and a host of other leading companies including China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Digital Domain, Fraunhofer FOKUS, GE, CEPRI of SGCC, Tencent, TIM and Volkswagen AG together announced the inauguration of the “5G Slicing Association”. The association will address requirements from vertical industry and the potential application scenarios of 5G network slicing on the way to defining new business models. The initiative will study key technical issues, cooperate with slicing related standards development organizations (SDOs) and foster test beds and trials to verify 5G network slicing capabilities.
In addition, Huawei partnered with Zain Saudi Arabia, signing a Memorandum of Understanding promising to develop a new network strategy in the Kingdom. The aim of the MoU is to accelerate the realization of 5G networks and assist Zain in building the most advanced end-to-end networks in the region. The two companies will work together to accelerate the deployment of 4.5 to 5G networks, make further advances towards full cloudification, and produce additional strategy and planning in the field of ICT Synergy Cloud.
Huawei also used MWC as a platform to release a range of cutting-edge products and solutions. Day two saw the launch of AUTIN, an Operations Consulting and Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for Digitized Operations Services to help operators manage complex hybrid ICT environments. AUTIN delivers AUTomation and INtelligence to modernize and reshape operations for the digital era. On the same day, Huawei released the OceanStor Dorado18000 V3, a high-end, intelligent all-flash array (AFA), which helps customers manage storage resources for mission-critical enterprise services.
Following on this, Huawei launched the Intent-Driven Network solution. This solution will bridge the gaps between the physical network and business goals by creating a digital twin of the network infrastructure. These technologies will enable software-defined networks (SDNs) to evolve into intent-driven networks, and maximize business value.
Ken Hu, Huawei Rotating CEO, said: “The intelligent world is drawing near, filled with potential and possibilities. Groundbreaking technologies like 5G and IoT promise to solve complex business challenges and improve the lives of the population. Yet challenges remain on our path before these dreams are realized. MWC 2018 was an excellent opportunity for us to meet with other leading companies and discuss how together we can overcome these obstacles, achieve sustainable business growth, and Build a Better Connected World.”