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LG U+ and Huawei Complete 5G Pre-commercial Tests for World’s First Commercial 5G

During the 4th Global 5G Event, LG U+ partnered with Huawei to complete the world’s first large-scale 5G network test in a pre-commercial environment in Gangnam District, Seoul. This network consists of both 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz base stations. The test also helped to successfully verify the technologies of IPTV 4K Video and many other future-proof commercial 5G services. High-speed mobility, dual connectivity, and inter-cell handovers (under continuous networking conditions) were also validated.

The test results returned average data rates of 1 Gbps over the low band and more than 5 Gbps for dual connectivity over high and low bands. In a typical dense urban area, successful verification of the 5G end-to-end (E2E) solution indicated Huawei’s gradual maturity in advanced preparation for the imminent commercial deployment of 5G.

LG U+ and Huawei completed a Large-scale 5G network test in a pre-commercial environment in Gangnam District, Seoul

As a top global operator in a well-developed MBB region, LG U+ is firmly committed to rapidly providing an excellent user experience. With a keen focus on Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), the 5G pre-commercial test based on Huawei E2E 5G devices was implemented in a continuous ring topology. A peak data rate of 20 Gbps and an average data rate of more than 5 Gbps were achieved through dual connectivity over 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz. These impressive rates were combined with inter-cell handovers to produce stable results. Elsewhere, a 5G tour bus delivered 5G-based IPTV 4K, and a VR drone was demonstrated in the ‘5G for All’ experience room at the LG U+ headquarters, which required data rates ranging from 20 Mbps to 100 Mbps. For mobile scenarios, a glitch-free superior user experience demonstrated Huawei’s readiness for 5G networks.

During this event, Huawei also showcased the combination of a VR drone designed by Huawei Wireless X Labs and the world’s first 5G customer premise equipment (CPE) over 3.5 GHz. The CPE is compact, lightweight, and offers high performance, which can support a throughput of up to 1.5 Gbps from a drone at an altitude of over 100m.

Huawei Wireless X Labs showcased a VR drone using 5G 3.5GHz CPE

Kim Dae Hee, Vice President of LG U+ 5G Strategy Unit, said: “The world’s first large-scale joint 5G pre-commercial test indicated a significant breakthrough in 5G. We believe that Huawei is set to help LG U+ implement the world’s first Commercial 5G network over 3.5 GHz”

Zhou Yuefeng, Huawei Wireless Product Line CMO, said: “In the Gangnam District of Korea, we have successfully validated the 5G pre-commercial network and released the world’s first 3.5 GHz CPE. This demonstrates that Huawei will maintain its capability to provide competitive E2E 5G network products in 2018. LG U+ and Huawei will continue to conduct further research into 5G technologies and build a robust E2E industry ecosystem to achieve business success in the upcoming 5G era.”

Source: Huawei

IoT is changing M2M economics

 Most of the money from the Internet of Things is going to come from additional services rather than from connection fees within the next few years. As a result, the proportion of machine-to-machine (M2M) fees generated from non-connectivity services is expected to increase from an average of 21% in 2013 to more than half (53%) by 2016, says analyst Morgan Mullooly in a new report from Analysys Mason in Cambridge.

The threat of decreasing connectivity revenue, which mobile network operators (MNOs) have been confronting on the consumer retail side of their businesses in the past few years, is beginning to emerge in the M2M sector as it matures and competition intensifies. Operators are moving up the M2M value chain and delivering end-to-end solutions, rather than just simple connectivity, in an effort to combat this trend.

With billions of things — cars, utility meters, TVs and even furniture — linked via the Internet and sending information about status and condition, operators need to determine what role they will play in this ecosystem he says. Many verticals and industries are adopting M2M technology to connect many different devices and machines. As a result, M2M has gained significant traction as a new business area for MNOs.

Operators are well placed to provide the near-ubiquitous connectivity needed to maintain links between modules and sensors and to help drive business transformation for their clients. But the M2M connectivity sector is maturing. Enterprises have had only a few choices when procuring an M2M solution, but more and more MNOs are launching services for this market. Competition for connectivity is also coming from dedicated M2M MVNOs, satellite connectivity providers, and other connectivity service providers using dedicated, non-cellular spectrum.

The margins associated with connectivity will be squeezed as competition increases. The proliferation of new M2M applications that use 3G and 4G networks and generate high data usage, such as video surveillance or connected car services, could offset declines in connectivity revenue. Nevertheless, MNOs will face the challenge of remaining competitive while M2M connectivity is becoming commoditized, and connectivity margins threaten to stagnate or shrink, he says. Most operators have recognized this, and are moving up the value chain by offering M2M solutions that combine connectivity with partners’ hardware or software, according to the results of a recent Analysys Mason survey.

Ten leading global operators indicated that they expect non-connectivity services to account for more than half of the average revenue per connection (ARPC) from M2M services by 2016. Connectivity is expected to remain the largest single component of M2M revenue, because it is the cornerstone of MNOs’ M2M businesses, but its share will decline from an average of 79% in the third quarter of 2013 to just 47% in the third quarter of 2016.

Operators’ transition from pure connectivity providers to end-to-end (E2E) M2M solution providers is one of the primary drivers behind this evolution and is based largely on cloud services. Many operators have assembled E2E product portfolios that will enable them to generate more value-added-services revenue. They will continue to develop new collaborations and launch new strategic partnerships models including those with application developers and systems integrators, which are often essential partners for delivering E2E services.

Source: EE Times