The FINANCIAL — In the run-up to 2016 Mobile World Congress (MWC), which will be convened in Barcelona on February 22, Huawei held a pre-MWC briefing in London to elaborate on its strategic forecast and market insight for 2016.
As the core of Huawei’s technological blueprint, 4.5G has once again become the focus of the industry’s attention. Qiu Heng, President of Huawei Wireless Network Marketing Operations, said in his key note speech of “4.5G, exploding in 2016” that 2016 would witness the massive commercialization of 4.5G and more than 60 commercial 4.5G networks would be deployed globally in 2016 predicted by Huawei.
4.5G represents a smooth transition from 4G. It enables carriers to bring about higher speed and better experience with their existing infrastructure, thus making full use of legacy assets. 4.5G changes our life style in 3 ways: Gbps, which brings about top speed experience; Experience 4.0, making high definition audio and video available anytime, anywhere; and Connection+, opening up a fully connected world and new business opportunities, said Mr. Qiu Heng.
Huawei first put forward the concept of 4.5G in 2014. And in 2015, the vision of 4.5G is accepted, while LTE-Advanced Pro is standardized by 3GPP. Till the end of 2015, Huawei has been working with carriers to deploy commercialized and pre-commercialized networks in Norway, Germany, Kuwait, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. And in order to promote the maturity of NB-IoT industry chain with massive deployment, Huawei built 6 NB-IoT Open lab with the global leading operators. In order to deploy 4.5G networks much easier than before, Huawei will release a series new products named GigaRadio. GigaRadio products leads more than 1 year ahead than the industry with smaller size and faster processing speed. GigaRadio would effectively facilitate the commercial use of 60 4.5G networks in 2016.