According to a new whitepaper by Huawei and ABI, indoor digitalisation is the only way for indoor transition to 5G and the best choice for providing 5G coverage in airports.

The whitepaper, entitled the Digital Future of Airports, elaborates on the roles of 5G and mobile broadband (MBB) in supporting digital airports. It points out how airports, as transportation hubs, are the industry trend-setters for digital transformation. Due to rapidly increasing passenger traffic and the emergence of new services, airport networks require enhanced connectivity capabilities as they adapt to new technologies. These include ultra-high speed, large-scale connectivity, security and efficiency, mobility, and scalability.

Currently, wireless network technologies utilised by airports include cellular networks, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Project 25 (P25). Considering factors such as performance, cost, and the support for future technology, 5G differentiates itself by essentially supporting the construction of digital airports and solving network connection challenges.

The white paper also shows how traditional distributed antenna system (DAS) solutions can neither satisfy the needs of digital airports nor enable smooth transitions to 5G. The digital indoor system offers both large-capacity and scalability, delivers premium experiences, and adequately supports the transition to 5G. Having already been deployed at numerous large airports around the world, it is the ideal choice for the construction of 5G-fuelled digital airports.

5G is gaining more industry-wide acknowledgment due to its ability to support digital airports. As the industry plans for future-oriented wireless networks, the digital indoor system provides the most effective way for operators to construct indoor 5G networks.

To read the entire 5G Digital Airport White Paper, visit: The Digital Future of Airports