Huawei Retains 5G RAN Leadership

Huawei’s 5G RAN portfolio was rated a leader for the third year in a row in GlobalData’s recent H2 2021 report 5G RAN: Competitive Landscape Assessment.   

In the H2 2021 report, Huawei’s product portfolio exceeded its competitors in all four criteria: radio unit portfolio breadth, baseband unit (BBU) capacity, ease of installation, and technological evolution.  

This report is released every six months to evaluate the competitive advantages of 5G RAN products from major RAN vendors.  

According to the report, Huawei’s radio product range greatly facilitates ubiquitous 5G gigabit experiences in radio unit portfolio breadth. Through continuous innovation, Huawei has accumulated numerous advantages allowing it to deploy across different scenarios and drive the industry forward.  

Huawei’s radio product range facilitates ubiquitous 5G gigabit experiences in terms of radio unit portfolio breadth. For example, MetaAAU improves both coverage and energy efficiency, BladeAAU Pro simplifies 5G deployment at sites with limited antenna space, 400MHz ultra-wideband AAU allows operators to utilize fragmented spectrum and construct shared multi-operator networks, and sub-3 GHz 4T-8T-Massive MIMO multi-antenna ultra-wideband products improve spectral and energy efficiency while reducing costs.   

In addition, these offerings can help operators upgrade their networks, while Huawei offers the widest variety of 5G radio products for deployment in different scenarios.  

Also, the report reveals that the Huawei BBU5900 leads the pack in terms of BBU capacity, with the largest number of cells per unit volume and industry-leading 400 MHz mmWave cell capability. The Huawei BBU5900 safeguards operators’ return on investment and their ability to cope with future traffic growth.  

The company said that the simplicity of installation was another fundamental criterion, and Huawei’s 5G RAN portfolio is already far ahead in terms of engineering and installation, including lightweight devices and compact form factors.  

Last but not least, Huawei’s innovations can be seen in various areas, with regards to technological evolution, the report highlighted. Moreover, Huawei was the first to propose new directions for 5.5G to promote sustainable development for 5G into the future.