[Shenzhen, China, April 18, 2018] On April 18, at the 2018 Huawei Global Analyst Summit, Huawei introduced a "begin-with-the-end" evolution strategy for the 5G core network. Huawei outlined that the current network of operators needs to be ready in technology, architecture, and business for the smooth and efficient development of 5G networks, which can make the most of new 5G technologies.
In December, 2017, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) froze the 5G non-standalone (NSA) specifications as part of its "Release 15" update. Multiple vendors are proactively investing in R&D and pre-commercial testing of 5G products. With a pass rate of 100%, Huawei has championed the three-phased 5G Core test proposed by the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, the standard organization to promote the 5G research in China, which is a symbol for the commercial construction of the 5G NSA network.
Yin Dongming, Chief Marketing Expert of Huawei 5G Core, said: "From its conception, Huawei's 5G Core solution has followed the 'begin-with-the-end' strategy, and continuous effort has been made to put this strategy into practice. Operators can build their 5G networks in a smoother and more efficient way and maximize the 5G value with their technologies, architectures, and businesses becoming 'Ready'."
Technology-Ready: Introducing 5G into 4G Networks in Advance
Cloudification is the keystone of the 5G core network and a prerequisite for network evolution from 4G to 5G. Operators around the world have been engaging in the cloud-based core network construction, laying a solid foundation for 5G network construction.
Deploying control and user plane separation (CUPS) and service-oriented architecture (SOA) on 4G networks can accelerate the deployment of 5G Core architecture and verification of new network functions.
Architecture-Ready: Simplifying the Network Architecture into a Converged Core Network
Faced with an increasing diversity of network access modes, the core network architecture needs to integrate the control plane, gateways, subscriber data, and policy and charging capabilities to gradually evolve into a converged core network with simplified network architecture. The simplified core network architecture will facilitate more efficient 5G evolution.
Business-Ready: Taking Advantage of the "Slice Mall" Project to Fully Unleash the Potential of 5G
5G networks need to meet diversified and differentiated teleservice needs as well as the needs of new applications that raised by vertical industry. The innovative "slice mall" project is an opportunity for Huawei to build a commercial network slicing service platform for telecom operators. In addition, the project facilitates collaboration on the incubation of more new 5G applications with major operators and vertical industry partners. The objectives of the slice mall are to fully exploit new 5G technologies and spur industry-wide application innovation.
By the end of 2017, Huawei had built 5G core networks on 15 pre-commercial sites around the world and worked with operators to deploy 5G technologies on 4G networks. Huawei plans to continue investing in 5G and exploring more potential collaborations with industry partners on technological and business innovation. These partnerships aim to make full use of 5G technologies and create new opportunities for application vendors across industries.