5G is here. It’s not just a hot topic that dominates the conversation in the telecom industry, but already a reality. We are set to see 5G going live in North America by the end of 2018 and then in South Korea in early 2019, as the industry moves from vision to implementation.
The 5G era will bring boundless connectivity and intelligent automation. According to the Huawei Global Industry Vision (GIV) report, the number of personal smart devices will reach 40 billion, while the total number of global connections will hit 100 billion by 2025, creating a digital economy worth $23 trillion for the industry.
In the 5G era, telecom operators will play an increasingly important role in the creating and delivery of new digital services enabled by 5G, such as smart city, smart home and smart healthcare.
These new digital services and applications, however, also place new demands on operators’ networks, as well as their business and operational capabilities even as the world moves to a more fully immersive digital environment powered by 5G.
How should operators transform their organizations today to fully support the anticipated 40 billion connected devices by 2025? How do they architect their 5G roadmap while continuing to mine their investments in 3G and 4G?
These topics had all been discussed at Huawei’s 5th Operations Transformation Forum (OTF) held from September 03-04 in Munich, Germany.
Transformation & 5G
Under the theme “Transforming Towards Digital Business: Transformation & 5G”, the Operations Transformation Forum (OTF) 2018 brought together more than 600 global operators, regulators, industry analysts and key opinion leaders to share their views on business opportunities and challenges brought by 5G, IoT and cloud.
Together they present insights, case studies and discuss digital transformation best practices, as operators evolve from traditional operator to digital businesses.
The two-day event also featured break-out sessions and roundtable discussions featuring face-to-face, in-depth communication with industry leaders and experts on important topics such as 5G, cloud, IoT, and customer experience.
Crafting Digital for New Growth
This session featured leading operators, including Telefonica, Vodafone, KPN, Wind, who shared their success stories in spearheading digital transformation initiatives within their organizations. Participants also discussed topics such as: how to build digital business agility for diversified business scenarios in the 5G era; how to realize automated service provisioning, self-healing and self-optimizing architectures, and finally how to accelerate innovation and growth.
AUTIN, Intelligence to Modernize Operations towards 5G
Operators and industry analysts also shared their insights on operational challenges they face with the convergence of 5G and cloud, the need for operators to evolve operations towards an open, agile, automated and intelligent digital environment, and successful automation & intelligence practices, as well as security standards of cloud services.
Digitalization Enabling Premium Broadband
This roundtable featured executives form China Telecom, Ice Group, PCCW, Poland Orange who shared development ideas and global best practices in home broadband and video business. Participants also discussed a number of hot topics including: how to achieve optimal network investment, improving operational efficiency through digital technology, and reshaping the home network experience through digital technology and platforms.
CEM Elite Club
This session brought together over 30 leading innovators in customer experience management (CEM) to share their best practices, latest trends and new initiatives around improving customer experience enabled by 5G and IoT.
Open ROADS Community Summit
This sub-forum is dedicated to accelerating digital business transformation. Leading operators, service providers and cross-industry leaders gathered together to explore digital transformation to enable digital business and 5G, sharing their success and addressing this topic from the perspectives of agile business, improved experience, and efficient O&M.
During the OTF2018, Huawei also showcased a range of new products and solutions, covering IoT, cloud, O&M and network operations – all aimed at helping operators meet the manifold challenges that arise during their digital transformation journey.
Hauwei also jointly released a new white paper on indoor 5G network, in partnership with HKT and GSA.
For more information, visit Huawei’s Operations Transformation Forum 2018.