Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Huawei and China Telecom research 5G for smart grids

Steve Rogerson
September 27, 2017

At this month’s New-Generation Internet Infrastructure Forum in Beijing, China Telecom Beijing Research Institute, China Electric Power Research Institute and Huawei announced a joint project looking at 5G power slicing technology.
The 5G wireless communications technology adds thing-to-thing and human-to-thing communications to traditional human-human communications. Based on the all-cloud 5G core network, a 5G network can use the same infrastructure to provide differentiated network slices for diverse applications.
For example, a slice of ultra-low latency can better meet application requirements, such as automatic power distribution, in the power industry. A 5G network slice can achieve security and isolation at the same level as those provided by a private power grid, but requires much lower cost and better promotes application innovation for smart grids.
Zhang Chengliang, vice director of China Telecom’s Beijing Research Institute presided over the ceremony where Zhu Xuetian, director at China Telecom Beijing Research Institute, Ding Huixia, director of China Electric Power Research Institute, and Qiu Xuefeng, vice president at Huawei, announced the launch of the joint innovation project.
"5G slicing provides differentiated capabilities for diverse requirements of innovative industry applications,” said Xuetian. “The three-party collaboration project is the first exploration of 5G slicing in power industry applications. 5G slicing is applied to vertical industries, such as the electric power industry, and this will incubate more new applications and business models.”
The 5G slicing technology has potential to assist in development of various industries. Network slices, such as the smart grid, internet of vehicles, and augmented and virtual reality, could redefine carriers' business models and improve their competitiveness.
"The core network is critical to implement 5G slicing features, such as on-demand network definition, fast deployment, automatic operation, end-to-end SLA assurance and capability exposure,” said Xuefeng. “Huawei’s cloud core network started early to invest in R&D of 5G network architecture evolution and slicing technology and has many leading achievements. This project will enable end-to-end technical verification of 5G slicing in smart grid industry applications and accelerate development of sophisticated technologies."
Xia Xu, 5G smart slicing project manager at China Telecom Beijing Research Institute, added: “China Telecom, China’s state grid and Huawei are leading enterprises in the ICT and power industries and are listed in the Fortune 500. The three parties in this project will fully use our technology, industry and market advantages in R&D and test in various scenarios, such as automatic power distribution and electricity consumption information collection. We will push development of sophisticated technologies, standards and products, verify cross-industry applications of the ICT and power industries, and promote a collaborative and win-win industry ecosystem."