Huawei’s MetaAAU, a 5G base station innovation feted at global awards

Huawei’s latest base station for powering mobile connectivity, known as the MetaAAU, has been awarded as the ‘Best Mobile Network Infrastructure’ at the  Global Mobile industry awards (GLOMO) in Barcelona, Spain.

In its 27th edition, the award comes at a time when the mobile connectivity industry is sitting on the cusp of a new digital era.

(TOP: Ritchie Peng – right -, President of Huawei’s 5G & LTE TDD Product Line, receives the award at the event).

Speaking when he received the award, Ritchie Peng, President of Huawei’s 5G & LTE TDD Product Line said that the MetaAAU integrates multi-dimensional system innovations such as materials, architectures, and algorithms, and finally achieves breakthroughs in network performance and energy efficiency.

“The citation recognizes Huawei’s long-term breakthroughs in its innovative products that help build 5G networks with optimal performance and energy efficiency, industry’s simplest deployment, and industry’s strongest evolution capabilities,” he added.

The MetaAAU series has been deployed in more than 50 cities around the world, with a total shipment of over 100,000 units. It delivers optimal performance and energy efficiency and combines the accompanying unique Turbo Adaptive High-Resolution (AHR) beamforming algorithm to greatly improve uplink and downlink coverage. Ultimately, it boosts user experience by 30% and cuts energy consumption by a similar margin of 30%.

In suburban and rural areas, MetaAAU maximizes the value of existing sites and achieves continuous coverage, greatly reducing operators’ network construction costs.

Peng explained that the product is Huawei’s third-generation of the AAU range and also the first-of-its-class to introduce the Extremely Large Antenna Array (ELAA) technology to open a new green track as an optimal solution for improving 5G coverage, capacity, and energy efficiency. Compared with the second-generation AAUs which use 192 antenna arrays, MetaAAU doubles the antenna array scale, uses narrower beams, and provides more focused energy.

He noted that the technology had become the top choice for network construction among mobile network operators.

“In dense urban areas, MetaAAU effectively improves indoor coverage, stimulates more user traffic, and helps operators shorten the ROI cycle,” he added.

Huawei, he posited, is ready to work with industry partners to bring ELAA technology to more frequency bands and scenarios, develop leading 5G products and solutions, and build high-quality and efficient networks for operators to embrace the new phase of 5G development.


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