Huawei Director of the Board and President of the Institute of Strategic Research, William Xu delivered a keynote speech at the 2020 IEEE Global Communications Conference. The keynote called “The Future of Intelligent Connectivity: Challenges and Directions”.
In the speech, the Huawei official explained 5.5G as “the next step towards realizing our vision for the mobile industry, which is to meet the requirements for the transformation from the Internet of Everything to the Intelligent Internet of Everything.”
Mr. Xu also called upon the entire industry to embrace academic diversity and openness and expand the collaboration between industry, academia, and research institutes to jointly promote the development of basic theories and technologies.
5.5G Is the Next Step for the Mobile Industry
The development of 5G depends on investment in the short term, an ecosystem in the medium term, and technology evolution in the long term. During 5G’s rapid commercial scale-up, the feedback from both within the industry and from vertical industries promotes the upgrade and expansion of 5G applications to provide more diversified connections with improved quality and “bring the society from the Internet of Everything to the Intelligent Internet of Everything”.
Mr. Xu said, “5.5G is the next step in our vision for the mobile industry.” It is an enhancement and extension of the three standard 5G scenarios defined by the ITU — enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Massive Machine-Type Communications (mMTC), and ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC). 5.5G will further transcend these three application scenarios with three newly introduced capabilities — Uplink Centric Broadband Communication (UCBC), Real-Time Broadband Communication (RTBC), and Harmonized Communication and Sensing (HCS), going beyond the original three application scenarios to six to meet various industry requirements.
“5.5G is originated from 5G and therefore must be compatible with all 5G devices. We must optimize the usage patterns of sub-100 GHz spectrum resources to support on-demand flexible deployment across frequency bands. 5.5G must also be deeply integrated with AI to improve air interfaces, networks, and services while meeting the requirements for diversified networks and energy consumption management.” added Mr. Xu.
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