Communications World Weekly (CWW) Omnimedia, a leading ICT information service provider, has announced the Top 10 5G Industry Application Solutions. The list showcases 5G’s disruptive influence on vertical industries and its essential role in accelerating industry digitalisation.
The 5G Electric Power Virtual Private Network solution deployed by Huawei and China Mobile for China Southern Power Grid (CSPG) ranks among the top 10 which was acknowledged for its future-forward design, cutting-edge technologies, and successful application.
Power grids must provide a highly reliable and stable power supply. As the whole power industry transforms with technologies, power grids are becoming more digital, networked, and intelligent. For this, the industry needs electric power communication networks that are more ubiquitous, flexible, economical, secure, and reliable. Providing ultra-high bandwidth, ultra-low latency, and massive connectivity, 5G is ideal for building such networks.
Recognising this value, Huawei combined the power of 5G with cutting-edge technologies, such as network slicing and edge computing, developing the 5G Virtual Private Network solution for the electric power industry. Huawei then applied it to tailor a private network for the CSPG on China Mobile’s 5G SA network.
With this solution, CSPG’s service zones have been horizontally isolated from one another and vertically secured with a well-rounded authentication mechanism. This solution also allows China Mobile to open a variety of network capabilities to the CSPG, facilitating management based on rights and domains. Furthermore, it adapts to the various phases in power services by using different types of private networks, either WAN or LAN.
The 5G Virtual Private Network solution has reshaped CSPG into a smart grid. The solution is now more mature with an in-depth understanding of industry requirements. The 5G smart grid project has deployed flagship applications, promoted key technologies, optimised the basic design, accelerated standardisation, and developed a robust ecosystem. Using the solution, CSPG has built the world’s first smart grid demo covering every power service phase, from transmission to transformation, distribution, and consumption. CSPG, China Mobile, and Huawei have also built and commercialised China’s largest smart grid demonstration area in Nansha, Guangzhou.
In addition, the team has been proactively conducting research on these new uses of 5G, submitting the findings to standards organisations. As a result, 3GPP R16 now includes the concept of high-precision time synchronisation over the 5G air interface for an industry first. The team has also submitted over 40 papers on 5G-based electric power network standards to the 3GPP, prompting to launch a 5G smart grid research project in 3GPP R18.
5G private networks play a pivotal role in integrating 5G with vertical industries. 5G-powered smart grids will be essential to ensuring the efficiency and reliability of our power supply in the future while reducing costs. Because of the diversity of 5G applications, power grids can gradually shift to become energy service providers, delivering better services to individuals and other industries.