Huawei is working actively on the development of 5G network, devices and implementation since last many years. Huawei recently hosted the ‘5G is ON’ forum as part of the SAMENA Leaders’ Summit on 18th April 2019 in Dubai, UAE.

During this 5G themed forum, organizations from the public and private sectors including Google, GSMA, Sony Professional Services etc laid plans for 5G readiness and availability in the region, while examining the best practices ahead of large-scale 5G network deployments in the Middle East and also globally.

Huawei SAMENA 5G Is ON Forum, Leader's Summit 2019

Many executives and speakers from Huawei provided useful insights on how 5G can benefit the acceleration of digital transformation, help achieve the targets of the national visions and agendas, in addition to pushing the development of different industries and sectors in the region.

Following the summit theme ‘Early Proliferation of 5G - Vital to Building the Digital Economy’, Huawei participated in several top discussions, high-level leaders’ roundtable conversation about the impact of 5G and the leaders’ panel discussion regarding the key policies to enable the transition to an inclusive 5G ecosystem across the Middle East.

Huawei SAMENA 5G Is ON Forum, Leader's Summit 2019

Lots of Huawei’s ecosystem partners were with the company at the SAMENA Leaders’ Summit, including: Google, Sony, China Unicomm, TYJW, Playgiga, Vsiyon, LetinVR, BoE, Aerodyne, No Fire Cloud, Quectel, INLIFE-HANDNET, MGI TECH Co. Ltd, HiScene, DALU ROBOTECH, and Fibocom.

Among its technology partners, Huawei has finished joint solution development with TYJW for the long-distance connected drone solution, Cloud VR application solution with Visyon, Cloud VR live broadcasting solution with LetinVR, 4K/8K video solution with BoE and Cloud Gaming solution with PlayGiga in the region.

Huawei SAMENA 5G Is ON Forum, Leader's Summit 2019

Mr. An Jian, President of Carrier Network Business Group, Huawei Middle East, talked about how Huawei established the X-lab program 3 years ago to explore vertical use cases with Huawei's global partners. Huawei has also launched a local ME ecosystem partnership program last year, to incubate local use cases in the region.

Few use cases about which Mr. An Jian talked about briefly were Cloud VR, 4K live streaming, 8K video content, Smart Factories and Smart Cities.

Huawei SAMENA 5G Is ON Forum, Leader's Summit 2019

He also commented;
Huawei established X-lab 3 years ago to explore vertical use cases with our global partners. Also, here in Middle East, we launched a local ME ecosystem partnership program last year, to incubate local use cases in the region. We believe that the oil industry can champion that transformation to harness the power of 5G. In Middle East, all of the GCC countries have started 5G deployment. I believe the GCC will keep leading in the global 5G race for years to come.
Yang Chaobin, President of Huawei 5G Product Line, talked about the progress of Huawei in reducing the size of 5G base station and power consumption over the years and how the consumer level commercial devices and systems are possible now because of that. He also shared the stat that how much time it took 3G and 4G technology to reach consumers and 5G technology implementation is three times faster compared to them.

Mr. Yang Chaobin also mentioned that 40 commercial contracts for 5G technology - 23 in Europe, 10 in Middle East, 6 in Asia Pacific and 1 in Africa and that Huawei has shipped more than 70000 5G devices and equipment under these contract.

Huawei SAMENA 5G Is ON Forum, Leader's Summit 2019

Huawei has more than 16000 3GPP 5G NR contributions under its belt and with 20% overall patents about 5G technology declared to Huawei, the brand is at the top spot for 5G patents.

Pierric Duthoit, Industry Director of Google MENA, talked about the enhancement of Google services and apps with 5G technology. Google is soon going to launch a 5G capable Pixel smartphone and currently working on lots of Google apps to integrate new features based on 5G.

For example, to bring UHD video content along with VR/AR live streaming, 8K gaming at 120fps, AR powered Google Maps navigation, Google Lens feature enhancement, Cloud AR/VR streaming, more Instant Apps on Play Store where user will be able to use an app without even downloading it.

Huawei SAMENA 5G Is ON Forum, Leader's Summit 2019

He also commented;
We are happy to participate at the 5G is ON forum in Leaders’ Summit, SAMENA. As 5G is transforming most industries, we believe that the acceleration of the development of video consumption on YouTube and the rise of new applications such as VR/AR with Google Lens, Google Photos, Google Paly Store and cloud gaming will certainly benefit from the 5G. Google is working towards providing the best experience to our customers.
Mr. Wang Su, VP of Huawei Middle East Marketing, said;
5G industrial development is accelerating. Huawei will work with ecosystem cooperators on Cloud X solutions (Cloud VR & Cloud Gaming, etc.) and vertical industry applications (Oil & Gas, etc.) through its wireless XLabs and ME OpenLab, and introduce these use cases to Middle East operators along the 5G journey as partners rather than vendors.

Huawei is working with customers and partners to drive the large-scale commercial rollout of 5G, and build a mature 5G ecosystem that thrives on shared success, pushes the limits of technology and promotes social progress along the way.
He also shared the info that Huawei's XLabs Wireless has 10 commercial contracts in Middle East, more than 57 local partners and 283+ global partners. Huawei has delivered more than 5000 5G modules in Middle East and more than 5, 5G terminal are planned to be released by the end of 2019.

Huawei SAMENA"5G Is ON" Forum, Leader's Summit 2019

Jawad Abbasi, Regional Head of GSMA, shared some insights regarding the recent developments of 5G technology in the MENA region by various major telecom service providers. 5G large scale rollout in the Middle East has started since 2018 and GCC countries are in the first wave of 5G rollout globally.

Mr. Hajime (Gen) Nakamura, General Manager, Sony Professional Solutions MEA, said:
To thrive in today’s media environment, you need to deliver content anytime, anywhere to an unprecedented range of platforms. You need to do it efficiently, reducing your footprint, streamlining operations and achieving financial flexibility – all without sacrificing quality. Sony’s Intelligent Media Services enhanced with the introduction of 5G services will provide customers flexibility to unlock more value from their content.
Mr. Wang Xiangning, Connected-Drone Project Manager from China Unicom Research Institute, said:
China Unicom considers connected- drone as a growth engine in To B business in 5G age.5G technology with high bandwidth, low latency capabilities are naturally equipped with high-definition image/video transmission and remote control. Ecosystem and unified international industry standard are vital for 5G drone business successful. China Unicom would like to share the experiences which is happening in China and promote to build unified international connected drone standard with Huawei, TYJW and other partners who would like to join us in Middle East region and worldwide.
Huawei SAMENA 5G Is ON Forum, Leader's Summit 2019

Mr. Yang Meng, CTO of TYJW, said: “Connected drone involves cloud computing,Big DATA and AI, is an inevitable way for operators to expand their business in low altitude IoT and 5G, has already widely applied in China by China Unicom and TYJW."

Mr. Du Yeqing, VP of Huawei 5G Product Line talked about the progress of Huawei 5G ecosystem cooperation strategy;
For the past few years, one of Huawei’s main focus areas has been creating the 5G ecosystem through collaborating with leading partners in the region and globally. Currently, we finished joint solution development with TYJW for the long-distance connected drone solution, with Visyon for the Cloud VR application solution, with LetinVR for Cloud VR live broadcasting solution, with BoE for 4K/8K video solution and with PlayGiga for Cloud Gaming solution in the region.

All factors that 5G need are available now: 5G chipsets, CPEs and spectrum are ready to serve the large scale rollout of 5G in the region. 5G is an E2E system and Huawei’s strength is not only staying in wireless but in all aspects of 5G, from devices, to network, and to ecosystems. In 2018 Huawei announced the world’s most powerful 5G chipset and CPEs with up to 4.6Gbps downlink. Recently, Huawei announced the world’s first foldable 5G smartphone – Mate X.

The root reason of Huawei’s leadership in 5G is our insistent and heavy investment in 5G for the past 10 years. We have brought 283 global industry partners and 57 regional partners into X-Labs Wireless. Huawei believes it will only take 3 years to achieve 500 million users to 5G, which took 6 years for 4G and 9 years for 3G. It is estimated to have 1 million sites of 5G globally in 2019.

At the event, Huawei also presented its end-to-end 5G solutions including 5G-ready technologies such as chipsets and consumer devices like Huawei Mate X 5G foldable smartphone, 5G WiFi mesh routers, Bolang 5000 5G chipset that were launched earlier at MWC 2019. There were many used cases of the 5G technology were shown by Huawei's partners. Few of them were cloud gaming, 5G powered drone, glasses-free 3D video content. At the exhibition Huawei's also demoed the 5G powered robot Titan.