China Unicom announced its 5G Private Network Plus Achievements during the MWC Barcelona 2022. At the event, the Chinese operator detailed how private networks for campus networks and customized networks are accelerating 5G developments. The event was jointly hosted by Chinese tech giant Huawei, operator China Unicom, GSMA. Midea, Ferrotec, Chang’an Automobile, Hikrobot, and Shanxi Xiangning Coking Coal Group.
On the occasion, China Unicom’s Vice President Liang Baojun explained that the telco is working on a 5G application “Sailing” Action Plan. He added that the project will complete by the end of 2025. The plan is to achieve four key goals.
- strengthening the foundation for computing-network integration,
- deepening the integration and innovation of 5G,
- promoting 5G application security,
- working with partners to create innovative 5G applications, and
- finally replicating these applications
Mr. Baojun believes the actions will expedite commercial adoption of 5G enabling information consumption, vertical industries, and transforming us digitally.
With 5G continuing to develop, innovation and industry partnership are becoming more important. China Unicom’s Big Data Scientist Fan Ji’an said that “Compared with 5G Private Network 1.0, China Unicom’s 5G Private Network PLUS has made breakthroughs in three areas — network capabilities, industry adaptation, and service rollout and operations. We have enhanced wide private networks in terms of 5G VPN capability and local private networks in terms of edge interconnection, reliability for campuses, and slice-based service assurance, and expanded the use of these networks from peripheral non-production services to the core production phases.”
Private 5G Network for Edge Interconnection
China Unicom developed 5G Private Network PLUS’s edge interconnection capabilities. For the project, it also collaborated with giants like Huawei and Hikrobot. This has helped exceed the 3GPP standards and create the industry’s first multi-AGV collaboration powered by 5G LAN.
The 5G LAN simplifies edge networks and improves network efficiency. It also helps to reduce network costs of construction and maintenance.
Reliable Campus Networks
5G Private Network PLUS leverages agile and efficient One Telco Cloud and provides industry-leading high-reliability campus networks. For this, Huawei has helped the operator design its existing network into One Telco Cloud. Besides, it has helped the company distribute edge networks to make network operations simpler and more flexible.
Richard Liu, President of Huawei Cloud Core Network Product Line, explained that with One Telco Cloud and its own centralized operations platform, services can be provided in just one click after they are purchased and deliver a consistent service experience with a one-stop guarantee.
By deploying MEC devices, in the 5GC control plane, enterprise campuses, production data can be locally processed.
In the event, that disaster recovery is necessary, 5G campus networks can also work with the carrier network to ensure the reliability of key production services. This style of campus network is already in use to great effect at Xiangning Coking Coal Group’s Yanjiahe Coal Mine.
Customized Slice-Based Private Networks
Finally, 5G Private Network PLUS has the ability of customized network slices. It can provide up to four types of 5G network slicing products:
- Economy-Class Network Slicing,
- Business-Class U Network Slicing,
- Business-Class E Network Slicing, and
- First-Class Network Slicing.
All these 4 products come with agile deployment, customized functions, flexible charging, and multiple smart operations.
China Unicom’s centralized 5G slicing can be converted into network templates, and help to deploy required sources efficiently and in time.
At the same event, Si Han, President of GSMA Greater China, praised China Unicom for its growing adoption of 5G applications with 5G Private Network PLUS, calling it a huge step towards “5G City”.
China Unicom is rapidly developing and expanding its 5G Private Network PLUS and could herald a new dimension toward the 5G industry application. As the fifth-gen network expands, gear vendors will release more products and solutions to widen its utility. Meanwhile, China looks ever more ambitious to lead the cellular technology race heading towards the next crucial decade as 6G already becomes the talk.
What do you think of China’s 5G advances with its widening patents, products, and solutions? Will they lead the cellular trace in the future? Do share your insights in the comments below.
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