Li Peng, Huawei’s Carrier BG President, spoke today at Huawei’s MWC Barcelona 2023 Day 0 Symposium about how 5G is paving the way for an intelligent world, and how the transition to 5.5G will be a crucial milestone along the way. Li emphasised that the industry needed to work together to accelerate the transition to an ultra-broadband, green, and intelligent world, and that Huawei’s GUIDE business blueprint could help set the groundwork for this significant accomplishment.

The physical and digital worlds appear to be merging as the impacts of digital and intelligent change become more visible in our jobs, residences, and personal lives. Many carriers have reacted to the growing demand for higher-quality experiences and higher efficiency in these areas, propelling the ICT industry forward.

Connectivity+ is key to prosperous 5G development

More than 230 5G networks had already been commercially implemented by the end of 2022, serving over one billion 5G users and a plethora of 5G devices, and 5G has propelled rapid growth of the ICT sector. Carriers have been innovating to expand “Connectivity+” in the customer market. Leading carriers in Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East have raced to create various types of digital services as 5G capabilities increase. Some providers have combined access with local OTT services, allowing them to share success. These products combine networking with digital services such as social media, allowing them to become a one-stop shop for digital services.

As 5G and fibre usage grows, the home market has also become a place where carriers can create more value. As a result, carriers are expanding “Connectivity+” to provide improved encounters, better services, and more effective O&M. Premium residential broadband services, such as 5G FWA and 10G PON, have spread quicker than anticipated, assisting operators in areas such as Europe and the Middle East in increasing ARPU by 30% to 60%.

5G, AI, and cloud computing are pushing industrial automation and creating new strategic possibilities. Enterprise clients need more product portfolios, providers need to strengthen “Connectivity+”. One Chinese carrier merged connectivity with cloud, AI, security, and platform services to enter new markets and increase income from industrial automation by more than 20% by 2022.

Moving forward, carriers will continue to improve their network capabilities, to provide more guaranteed experiences. So, carriers are making “Connectivity+” more open. Huawei has joined the CAMARA project led by the GSMA. Through this project, we aim to help carriers transform networks into service enablement platforms and monetize better customer experience.

Moving faster into an ultra-broadband, green, and intelligent world

The intelligent world will become increasingly interwoven with the real world in the future. Everything will be intelligently linked, including personal pleasure, job, and industrial output. This means networks must develop from ubiquitous Gbps to ubiquitous 10Gbps, connectivity and sensing must be merged, and the ICT industry must move its emphasis from energy usage to energy conservation.
The transition from 5G to 5.5G will be critical in meeting these expanding demands.
Huawei is prepared to collaborate with industry partners to deliver a ubiquitous 10Gbps experience using innovative wireless, optical, and IP technologies; investigate use cases such as vehicle-road collaboration and environmental monitoring to integrate sensing and communication; and develop a unified energy efficiency indicator system to drive green industry development.

The ITU-T formally published NCIe, a gauge to quantify the intensity of network carbon emissions, as a legal standard in 2022. Leading operators in China and Europe have validated new multi-dimensional energy efficiency metrics on their live networks, improving energy efficiency by 20% to 50%.
At the conclusion of his address, Li urged the entire industry to follow the GUIDE business plan to accelerate 5G prosperity and make rapid progress towards an ultra-broadband, green, and intelligent world.

MWC Barcelona 2023 will run from February 27 to March 2 in Barcelona, Spain. Huawei will showcase its products and solutions at stand 1H50 in Fira Gran Via Hall 1. Together with global operators, industry professionals, and opinion leaders, we will dive into topics such as 5G business success, 5.5G opportunities, green development, digital transformation, and our vision of using the GUIDE business blueprint to lay the foundation for 5.5G and build on the success of 5G for even greater prosperity. For more information, please visit:

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