April 25, 2014
Advanced 5G infrastructure, defined as the ubiquitous ultra-broadband network that will carry the future internet, is not simply an evolution of current generations. More significantly, it represents a revolution in the field of ICT that will enable ultra-reliable, dependable, secure, privacy-preserving and delay-critical services to everyone and everything.
A fully immersive experience, enriched by context information and ‘All-as-a-Service’, will be among the the main drivers for a massive adoption of the new technology components and market uptake.
The new network infrastructure calls for a complete redesign of services and service capabilities and a re-thinking of interfaces, protocols and procedures.
5G wireless networks are expected to support 1 000-fold gains in capacity, a 10 Gb/s individual user experience and a ten times longer-lasting battery life, to name just a few key features. Several challenges still need to be addressed to meet and exceed these expected key performance indicators.
Moreover, 5G infrastructure needs to be fairly flexible to be able to meet foreseen and unknown requirements, in line with current and future stakeholders’ expectations and needs.
A large-scale uptake of cloud computing, software networks and network functions and service virtualisation will make 5G possible. Through crucial investments in 5G technologies and related measures to upgrade its expertise in this field, Europe can make this vision a reality.
At Huawei, we believe that the EU 5G Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) is a crucial initiative for the European ICT industry. By fostering and supporting research into the new technologies that will characterise the next generation of ICT infrastructures, it can achieve a competitive advantage in the global marketplace for Europe in this field.
David Soldani, Vice President of Huawei’s European Research Centre (ERC)Huawei Europe