Sabrina Meng, Huawei’s Rotating Chairwoman and CFO, delivered a keynote titled “Embracing 5G Transformation” on the first day of MWC Shanghai 2023 today.

Meng pointed out that 5G has been in commercial usage for four years already. It is generating fresh value, and 5.5G is the next step ahead for 5G. Science and technology are progressing toward huge, complex systems. To ensure the continued success of 5G, technologies must be matched to particular situations and systems engineering must be performed.

5G adds value on three separate fronts.

For the past four years, 5G has been in commercial usage. It is altering the way we work and live in all industries and countless families throughout the world, providing enormous economic, industrial, and social value.
For consumers, 5G, cloud, and AI have triggered a chain reaction, with several new business models developing and a definite multiplier impact.

For industries to become a productivity driver, 5G must become a component of production systems. That is the only way for 5G to achieve widespread industrial use. Strategic patience, in-depth understanding of industrial circumstances, and continual ROI improvements have given 5G a footing in industrial applications.
Moving forward, 5G will give rise to new gadgets and apps that provide a more immersive experience, such as 5G New Calling and naked-eye 3D. 5G is also ushering in a new era of super-connectivity between objects, bolstering IoT networks and enabling new kinds of productivity.

5G’s next stage is 5.5G. 5.5G will offer 10-gigabit downlink speeds, gigabit uplink speeds, 100 billion connections capability, and native AI. It will not only improve people’s connectivity, but it will also open up fantastic new economic prospects by providing more tailored support for industrial demands in areas such as IoT, sensing, and advanced manufacturing.

Taking 5G to the next level and laying the groundwork for long-term success

The path to success is not built on continuous advancement with a single technology. It is based on aligning technology to specific circumstances and real-world demands. And systems engineering is essential for progressing.
The commercialization of 5G has created a rising thirst for additional ground-breaking, leapfrog innovation.

This will need the selection of appropriate technologies for various circumstances as well as more detailed system engineering. This will also necessitate a deeper dive into industrial situations, a true grasp of client pain areas, and a more holistic systems engineering perspective.
The industry must collaborate more closely with peers and partners, customers and developers, throughout the full product lifecycle, from R&D and procurement through supply and marketing. Working on solution modeling and optimization, as well as tools and processes, the industry must prepare the way for 5G’s long-term success.

Developing integrated capabilities and investigating the future of communications

The digital infrastructure of the future intelligent world will be thoroughly integrated into every element of people’s lives, industry, and society. It will not be built on advances in individual technologies, but rather on extremely huge, complex systems And the convergence of various parts. It will need system-level thinking and design.

Meng spoke about two specific types of integrated capabilities. “The first is integrating different technologies. We can achieve greater synergy across cloud, networks, edge, and devices through systematic design and cross-domain innovation. When coupled with optimization across software, hardware, chips, and algorithms, we can address the challenges associated with developing complex solutions for vastly different industrial scenarios.”

“The second,” she continued, “is the ability to integrate different approaches to management. Digital and intelligent transformation is not just about technology itself. It’s more about transforming your approach to management. Going digital requires redefining the relationships between people, events, things, and theory, and adopting a more open, forward-looking management approach to address future challenges.”

Meng concluded: “Information technologies like 5G, 5.5G, AI, and cloud will help us rise with the tide and take us forward to an intelligent world. The best scenery is always ahead. Let’s create a bright future together.”

MWC Shanghai 2023 runs from June 28 to June 30 in Shanghai, China. Huawei will showcase its products and solutions at stands E10 and E50 in Hall N1 of Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). Together with global operators, industry professionals, and opinion leaders, we dive into topics such as speeding up 5G prosperity, striding towards the 5.5G era, and intelligent digital transformation. 5.5G creates new business value in areas like connecting people, Internet of Things (IoT), and Internet of Vehicles (IoV), supporting countless industries as they move towards an intelligent world. For more information, please visit:

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