In 2019, 5G and AI entered the global spotlight as two technologies that will underpin the smart digital world of tomorrow.
2019 marked the first year of commercial 5G adoption, with South Korea becoming the world’s rollout pioneer in April. The Asian nation was closely followed by large-scale 5G rollout in China, where plans are in motion for deploying up to 800,000 base stations by the end of 2020. Globally, 56 operators launched commercial 5G services in 2019. And Huawei has signed more than 60 commercial 5G contracts, shipping over 400,000 5G AAU modules.
What has 5G meant for industries so far? In Inner Mongolia, driverless 5G mining vehicles are boosting the efficiency of vehicle scheduling, monitoring, and maintenance for Baogang Group, with the company planning to expand 5G coverage to more mines and leverage the technology’s capabilities to increase the use of robotics and AI.
Logistics is benefiting from real-time response and visualized management capabilities in 5G transportation networks, which in turn better supports fleet management, cargo transportation, and smart ports.
In the oil and gas sector, the Shell Pernis refinery in the Netherlands became Europe’s largest industrial 5G lab in 2018, complete with 5G-powered mobile inspection robots and smart helmets. These technologies have revolutionized the early detection of pipe leaks, enabled preventive maintenance with machine learning on more than 100 km of pipelines, and made real-time HD video calls to off-site experts possible.
5G and UHD video are transforming livestreaming by slashing equipment requirements and costs. And in policing, 5G is enabling a faster response than ever before.
Huawei’s 2019 Global Industry Vision (GIV) forecasts that 5G will be adopted far faster than any other previous wireless technology. GIV predicts that by 2025, 58 percent of the global population will be covered by 5G networks and that 2.8 billion people will use 5G services.
5G is not just faster than 4G, it’s a key part of tomorrow’s digital infrastructure – the advantages of 5G’s high speed, massive connectivity, and low latency will lead to faster, better, and smarter applications, driving up efficiency in every industry and helping to create a better connected, intelligent world.