Huawei chief warns on industry silos for 5G


2015-07-16 /

Overcoming specific industry silos was highlighted as an obstacle on the road to 5G by Ken Hu, Huawei’s deputy chairman and rotating CEO…

Huawei’s Hu said each industry has a different need, and added: “We have seen innovation but we need more collaboration. He recommended joint innovation as a way to overcome the problem.

The Huawei chief also said the GSMA should get involved by establishing platforms for cross-industry collaboration. Another suggestion from Hu was creating industry-specific 5G demo networks.

The silo issue is one of three areas relating to 5G where the industry needs to work harder during 2015, said Huawei’s Hu. He also called on governments and regulators to free up a hefty wad of spectrum.

He said operators each needed 100 MHz of sub-6 GHz frequencies for 5G. Countries need 300-500MHz in total (presumably assuming three to five operators per country). “That’s a prerequisite for 5G infrastructure,” he said. The key stakeholders need to identity this slab of 500MHz spectrum at the forthcoming WRC-15 event.

Finally, Hu called on the industry to accelerate technical innovation. “We need a really disruptive user experience, which is the best way to convince users.” Examples he gave included virtual reality and immersive technology which, he predicted, will become key applications for 5G, for instance in education and healthcare.



Nokia CEO sees 5G eliminating inefficiencies and saving lives


The most significant impact of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) will be the way it transforms vertical industries, with IoT eliminating the many inefficencies that exist across industries, claimed Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri, who also reiterated the rationale behind its planned multi-billion dollar acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.


…Suri said 5G access will help people save time and make life more convenient, but on the industry side “the impact will be more profound. Almost every industry will be technology driven”.


For example, 1.3 million people are killed in auto accidents every year, so the move to autonomous cars will happen by 2025. “This will reduce some of those inefficiences. And look at hospitals, data is very siloed,” he said.


The key challenges in moving to IoT, or what Nokia refers to as the programmable world, will be network security, privacy, standardisation as well as silos that make it difficult to penetrate other industries.


The industry is not as focused on security as it should be, he warned. “It’s not very expensive to find a loophole in the network and try to pass on mobile malware and target personal data.”


When targeting verticals, Suri said the question will be how to work with the network guys, the operators and the vertical industries.


Nokia is working on IoT connectivity platforms, but he said the money is not there. “The spend will be on the application and services. We have to move from providing IoT platforms and choose specific verticals to focus on.”