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Operators are conducting a large number of 5G trials currently using various spectrum bands, especially 3.5 GHz and 26/28 GHz. More than 30 markets are planning to assign spectrum in these two spectrum bands over the next couple of years, said GSMA.
China, the US and Japan will be the leading countries in terms of connections by 2025, while Europe will make progress with 5G deployment. These four economies will account for more than 70 percent of the global 5G market in 2025 – nearly 900 million connections in a global market that will reach 1.2 billion.
The 5G products include the core network, the bearer network, base station, and devices. Huawei said these 5G products are also the only available options within the industry to provide 5G E2E capabilities – indicating that Ericsson, ZTE and Nokia are still working on their 5G product launches for telecom operators.
In addition, Huawei will launch 5G smartphones in 2019 to catch up on telecom operators’ 5G roll out plans in 2020 or earlier.
The 5G innovation has assisted Huawei to go ahead with the deployment of 5G sites in more than 10 countries, such as China, Korea, Canada, Germany, UK, and Italy. In India, Huawei announced its 5G lab trials with Airtel – beating all telecom equipment vendors.
Telecom engineers at mobile operators are finding that these product solutions have provided ubiquitous Gbps-level access rate, hundreds of Mbps of indoor access experience, and over 20 Gbps cell capacity, Huawei said.
It is expected that telecom engineers at mobile operators will be deploying 5G base stations targeting buildings and densely populated urban areas giving prominence for both indoor and outdoor coverage. Huawei’s 5G product solutions support millimeter wave (mmWave) for 1 GHz bandwidth, C-band, and all Sub-3 GHz frequency bands. These products also cover all site forms including tower sites, pole sites, and small cells.
Huawei’s C-band 64T64R and 32T32R Massive MIMO AAUs support 200 MHz bandwidth and 3D beamforming to cover buildings and offer uniform coverage. Engineers can adjust coverage to optimize the experience for users at the near points and far points, and generate a 20 or 30 times increase in network capacity.
Features of Huawei’s 5G products reduce the need on the antenna installation platform while reducing engineering complexity. All products support scenarios in centralized radio access network (C-RAN) and distributed radio access network (D-RAN) deployment mode. Huawei designers are offering optical interface speed of less than 25 Gbps, promising better times for 5G deployment.
Huawei’s 5G Massive MIMO products in the C-band and mmWave allow for deployment on street lamp poles to fill coverage holes and boost hotspot capacity. Its engineers created the 5G LampSite which is backwards-compatible with 4G. Existing CAT6A network cables or fiber optic cables can be used to achieve indoor 4G and 5G co-deployment with zero cable adjustment or site addition.
Huawei’s BBU5900 suits distributed and CBU5900 meets centralized sites. The BBU5900 site solution supports all RATs (2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G) and all frequency bands, and offers 50 Gbps backhaul capability. CBU5900 features the centralized deployment of a large number of baseband units to support the C-RAN architecture.
Telecom engineers can select Huawei’s CBU5900 in order to simplify remote sites, reduce the demands for air-conditioned equipment rooms, and contribute to quick satellite clock synchronization across the entire network. As a result, engineers can reduce the number of site visits during maintenance and installation, and site maintenance and expansion costs.