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How Will 5G Change Our Lives?

Prior to his session at 5G Asia, Daniel Ding, Senior Marketing Director, 5G product & solutions at ZTE Corporation, explains the life changing technologies 5G will enable.

What hurdles do we still need to overcome before rolling out 5G in the APAC region?

The rolling out of 5G is facing multiple challenges globally; these challenges are unique in different regions. Globally or generally, the key challenges are firstly spectrum acquisition for 5G; In order to deliver extreme user experience for eMBB service, 5G prefers to adopt larger bandwidth, 3GPP has defined maximum 100MHz bandwidth per carrier for sub6GHz and maximum 400MHz for above 6GHz. The industry is also identifying available spectrum in mid-band such as 3.3-4.2GHz, 4.4-5.0GHz. ZTE has developed a corresponding 5G prototype to help operators verifying the performance of these new spectrums. For APAC region, different countries have different strategies and challenges. The regulator will play a critical role in the spectrum allocation and have a powerful impact to the 5G’s deployment and market performance. The next big challenge is the standardization of 5G. We are looking forward a unified 5G standard as fragmentation will hurt the industry in the long run. Thirdly, the services yelling for 5G’s ultra high bandwidth, massive connectivity, ultra reliability and latency will be the biggest drive for the deployment of 5G. While the LTE evolves, LTE-A and LTE-a Pro will provide Gigabit throughput and NB-IoT, LTE-M will connect more devices to the network, the network latency will improve too, and new services will emerge as the network evolves. 5G is capable to improve the network’s ability to a whole new level, making 5G an un-replaceable technology for new services in a bigger scale with better quality.

The next big challenge is the standardization of 5G. We are looking forward a unified 5G standard as fragmentation will hurt the industry in the long run.

How will 5G change our lives?

5G will create countless new possibilities for the future applications. Most of the new applications will be hard to forecast, because I believe the most exiting 5G application haven’t been invented yet. But based on the knowledge we have learnt, we can try to predict the future by looking into the existing high speed fixed network. eMBB will make rich content service flourish, 4K video, VR, live streaming will dominate our screens, big and small. AR will change the way we interact with the real world and computer system, the way we play video games. Or we can think differently, what fixed network doesn’t have: mobility. We believe 5G will empower more devices by connecting them to the internet anytime, anywhere, bringing integration to a whole new level, enabling government and enterprise applications. Drones and vehicles will benefit from 5G. Video streams from drones can be ultra high quality, making live broadcasting more attractive by flying the drones anywhere, moving at any speed. Vehicles can connect to other vehicles, infrastructures, pedestrians and etc., laying the very foundation of the evolution of transportation. The physical economic system will benefit from the improved connectivity and mobility, increasing GDP and efficiency.

We believe 5G will empower more devices by connecting them to the internet anytime, anywhere, bringing integration to a whole new level, enabling government and enterprise applications. Drones and vehicles will benefit from 5G.

What do ZTE’s 5G trials suggest about the future of commercial 5G?

ZTE has deployed 5G NR and 5G NGC products in CMCC’s Guangzhou Trial. Both sides have been jointly verifying 5G’s network level’s coverage and performance in a commercial environment. One of the research topic is to investigate 3.5GHz NR’s coverage capability and verify if it is feasible to adopt Standalone (SA) mode for 3.5GHz NR deployment.

Through CMCC’s trial, we got the first hand evaluation result regarding the feasibility of SA, maturity of 5G products, overall network performance of 5G NR, accelerating the commercial progress of 5G.

Other testes during Chinese national test phase II, single user’s peak throughput can exceed 2Gbps and the cell throughput can reach 19Gbps (100MHz bandwidth used only). Making us believe that eMBB type service will be the best entry point to provide competitive 5G network services. Additionally core network modernization has to be the stepping stone for radio network.

How can operators put together a business case for commercial 5G?

5G will enable operators to meet highly diversified services, providing new opportunities and challenges. Operators will need different strategies for different services. Improving the basic telecommunication services such as voice calls, video calls and rich content messages will be the foundation of modern daily communication requirements. At the same time deep cooperation with core partners is crucial, vertical integration and tailor made services will enhance the ROI of operators. Meanwhile operators have to open the telecommunication platform, let OTT players share the ability of the 5G network, unleash the unlimited creativity of third-parties, independent developers.

What will be your key message at 5G Asia?

5G is a whole new generation of telecommunication technology, the complexity and flexibility has reached a whole new level. Only the whole industry work together, we can have a better chance of success. As one of the key equipment providers, ZTE will try our best to nourish the telecom industry with our continuous innovation, providing the full range of product, flexible RAN architecture and Virtualized Core network, the ability of smooth evolution, protecting the operators’ investment.

Who are you hoping to meet at the event?

This event is a great opportunity to meet telecommunication leaders, top players from different industries and politicians. We would love to keep our eyes and ears open and hear different voices from different perspectives. The quintessence of 5G is cooperation and integration. The more allies we have, the better chance of success we will have.

Attending 5G Asia 2017? Learn more in Daniel Ding's session on "5G closer – Jointly embrace a better connected future" at 10.10 on Oct 4.

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