Huawei says its new 5G-oriented SingleRAN Pro solution offers three standout features: 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G on one network, an agile architecture for diverse services, and an automatic intelligent management system.
We're told that "the purpose is to help operators tackle the challenges of the 5G era, and build a fully connected, intelligent digital world".
With the mobile broadband industry obviously undergoing "profound changes as 5G approaches", and "the release of MBB traffic" creating "a positive business cycle for the industry", Huawei says this allows "operators to find favourable business models for new rounds of growth".
"Meanwhile," Huawei says, "MBB-network-empowered sectors such as the Internet of Vehicles and VR/AR are experiencing structural changes, offering infinite opportunities for growth and new services.
"However," notes Huawei, "on the path towards 5G, operators cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the following three challenges:"
- Firstly, how to quickly deploy 5G networks with the highest cost-efficiency;
- Secondly, how to flexibly allocate 5G network resources to maximise a networks' value; and
- Thirdly, how to efficiently manage increasingly complex networks with reduced operation and maintenance costs.
As you'd expect, Huawei naturally states that its "newly launched SingleRAN Pro solution specifically addresses these challenges in three ways".
5G All-in-One: a network that supports 5G while remaining compatible with 2G, 3G, and 4G platforms
"The unified hardware platform supports fast and efficient deployment of 5G target networks while being 2G, 3G, and 4G compatible. Operators can rest assured that their current investment will not be wasted once 5G arrives. 5G all-in-one brings SingleRAN's multi-RAT baseband and RF hardware resource sharing feature to a new level. The latest improvement maximises resource efficiency while ensuring that operators' investments are future-proof. While SingleRAN boasts multi-RAT, this new solution features a multi-band multi-channel antenna and RF unit.
"Massive MIMO series products are specifically designed to suit diverse large-capacity scenarios. In addition, highly integrated hardware platforms such as integrated BBUs are introduced to not only expedite the introduction of 5G, but also substantially maximise site space. These new platforms will also help lower overall site energy consumption and maintenance costs."
Mobile Cloud: an agile network architecture that supports operators' multiple services
"The Mobile Cloud architecture covers three aspects. First, the network architecture is cloudified. Operators can use the same set of software for distributed base station deployment (DRAN), centralised base station deployment (CRAN), and CU-DU split deployment. Second, spectrum resources are cloudified.
"CloudAIR is featured to enable on-demand rapid spectrum allocation. This accelerates the introduction of cutting-edge technologies, and boosts spectral efficiency. Third, air interface capabilities are cloudified. Network slicing allows for tailor-made interfaces and networks to suit a wide range of services.
"Mobile Cloud ensures efficient resource utilisation, on-demand base station deployment, and agile service provisioning. These three features will allow operators' networks to host a growing number of diverse services from many different vertical industries while maximizing customers' return on investment."
Automation: an intelligent wireless network system marked by automatic management
"The 5G era presents operators with unprecedented O&M challenges. Network resource management is more complex than ever due to the co-existence of multiple RATs and various services. Meanwhile, differentiated QoS assurance for emerging vertical industry services is another major issue that operators must handle.
"SingleRAN Pro delivers intelligent wireless networks with AI-based network optimisation, AI-based automatic O&M, and AI-based network capability enablement. This solution simplifies network O&M and spurs the development of intelligent O&M. It also further unleashes networks' latent potential, allowing for new performance breakthroughs.
"The solution gives rise to many new capabilities and offers automated solutions for issues that go beyond human capabilities. What was once considered impossible is now made possible."
Dr. Peter Zhou, chief marketing officer, Huawei Wireless Solution, said: "Huawei launched its SingleRAN solution in 2007 during the initial stages of large-scale 4G deployment. The all-in-one approach is an excellent answer for multi-RAT network deployment and also helps to significantly cut operators' CAPEX.
"The release of SingleRAN Pro is the result of continuous innovation combined with extensive experience of several hundred network deployments over the past decade. Huawei looks forward to teaming up with global operators and industry partners to embrace the future challenges and opportunities of the 5G era."
Huawei is also proudly boasting of having obtained the "world's first CE-TEC for 5G products".
Huawei states its "5G NR products have passed TÜV SÜD's (the European Union's certification authority) strict verification requirements after several rounds of rigorous testing and evaluation".
Indeed, the company says it is "now the first company to achieve a CE type examination certificate (TEC) for its 5G products".
We're told that "obtaining this EU mandatory certificate indicates that Huawei's 5G products have won official approval for commercial use", and that it "also represents a significant step towards realising large-scale commercial 5G deployment".
Huawei explains that its "CE-TEC verified 5G C-band Massive MIMO AAU is developed based on 3GPP TS 38.104. Designed to suit large traffic eMBB scenarios, the AAU is able to offer continuous xGbps outdoor experience and ms-level latency. Huawei strictly followed related regulations during each step of 5G product development from component selection to product design. After multiple rounds of meticulous assessment and inspection, Huawei's 5G products passed TÜV SÜD's verification at the first attempt, meeting all stringent CE requirements".
"CE marking is compulsory for products imported to and sold within the European Economic Area. This marking is regarded as the stamp of approval required for entering the European market. Products with the CE marking conform to Europe's directive requirements on RED, LVD, EMC, RoHS, and WEEE. Being awarded the CE certificate shows that Huawei’s 5G products fully comply with the strict admission requirements of the European Union and are now qualified to be sold and applied in the European market."
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Huawei tells us that "TÜV SÜD, headquartered in Munich, undertook the CE marking verification of Huawei's 5G products. This organisation is dedicated to professional testing, inspection, and verification, while boasting a proud history of over 150 years of extensive experience in verifying communications products. As one of the most influential third-party certification authorities in the world, TÜV SÜD also boasts leading industry experts and a first-class inspection platform."
Unsurprisingly, we're informed that "Huawei Wireless and MPE Global’s Compliance and Testing Centre has forged a lasting long-term partnership with TÜV SÜD", and that "the two parties are committed to exploring the verification technologies of communications products".
We're all informed that "5G technologies and product forms are more complex than those of LTE, posing enhanced verification challenges. The combined efforts of both parties have yielded substantial breakthroughs in key verification technologies. Huawei’s 5G products now strictly adhere to CE standards, meeting the EU's requirements in terms of RF, EMC, Safety and EMF, and RoHS".
As you'd expect, Huawei says "the awarding of the world's first 5G CE certificate to Huawei once again demonstrates the company's 5G leadership".
Huawei leaves us no doubt that it will "continue to further explore and pursue more and more innovative 5G technologies", and that "the purpose of this is to promote the development of the 5G industry, and facilitate global operators in achieving 5G commercial use".