Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Huawei Malaysia) is envisioning the transformative potential of its 5G-Advanced (5.5G) technology and its forthcoming implementation among major industries in Malaysia.


Huawei Malaysia chief executive officer Simon Sun said the 5.5G technology is not targeted at individual consumers but provides greater connectivity capabilities that could benefit many crucial industries in the country such as the manufacturing sector.


“The 5.5G technology, compared with 5G, is 10 times faster, supports 10 times more connections and has lower latency. We need to bring these cutting-edge digital facilities into the country, especially for the benefit of major industries to enhance operational efficiency as well as sustainability.


“For example, previously in some factories, a lot of people or manpower were used to check quality. But now with 5.5G, high-definition artificial intelligence (AI) cameras can simultaneously analyse and give instructions to the production line.


“It will be a game changer. Without this base foundation and good connectivity within the industries as an enabler, enhanced operational efficiency, which also leads to sustainability, will not happen,” he told Bernama.


Sun elaborated that 5.5G unlocks numerous application possibilities, for example, its speed and low latency will deliver advanced, almost real-time capabilities for navigation systems in vehicles.


“With 5.5G, we have millimetre-wave radar technology that can help us detect objects when we navigate our vehicles in really bad weather conditions such as foggy days, low light conditions or under heavy smoke,” he said.


Recently, Huawei Malaysia and Maxis Bhd inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work on a 5G-Advanced (5.5G) acceleration programme.


According to Sun, the collaboration with Maxis provides a commercial deliverable use case of the latest 5.5G technology advancements and not just a proof of concept from the lab.


“What you see (in the collaboration) is what you will experience in the market,” he said.


The collaboration would include several areas to drive commercialisation and adoption in Malaysia, spanning use cases, key technologies, technology evolution and the ecosystem.


Both companies will explore initiatives to promote adoption and facilitate migration, showcasing the benefits of end-to-end 5.5G versatility, security and robustness via trial and testing and further accelerating the technology acceptance.


Moving forward, Sun said Huawei Malaysia will continue to actively pursue its green energy strategy,  focusing on solar inverters technology, data centres as well as technology and components for the electric vehicle industry.