Huawei has presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona the first commercial terminal device that supports the 3GPP telecommunications standard for 5G.
This device marks an actual milestone since, with it, Huawei sets the stage for the next generation of wireless connectivity. Besides, the Chinese company plans launch of its first 5G smartphone during the first quarter of 2019.
The 5G networks establish new standards for high speed, wider bandwidth and low latency wireless connections, with a maximum downlink rate of 20 Gbps, support for one million devices per square kilometer and latency as low as 0.5 ms. It also promises to improve the connection between people and the Internet of things (IOT), increasing the number of devices that can be connected, and the amount and type of data they can share between them.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group. © Huawei.
“The 5G technology will define the next leap towards a more intelligent world in which people, vehicles, houses and devices are fully connected, thus generating new experiences, knowledge and capabilities for all, “said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group.
Investing in 5G since 2009
“Huawei has been investing in research and development of 5G technologies since 2009. In 2017 alone, the Chinese company has devoted to this point $ 600 million, and in 2018 Huawei plans to reach $ 800 million investment. We have led the way with innovations in network architecture, spectrum use, field verification among others. From connected vehicles and smart homes, to virtual reality, augmented reality and holograms, we are committed to the development of a 5G ecosystem that allows consumers to benefit from a truly connected world in which the way of communicating will change forever, “said Yu.
Agreements with more than 30 operators and first 5G commercial round in 2018
According to the information provided by the Chinese technology company, Huawei has established partnership agreements with more than 30 telecommunications operators around the world, including Vodafone, Softbank, T-Mobile, BT, Telefonica, China Mobile and China Telecom.
In 2017, Huawei started testing 5G commercial networks with different partners and it is currently carrying out commercial tests with more than 30 operators and companies dedicated to mobile telecommunications.
The goal of Huawei is to promote the development of the industry and finalize the interoperability tests to start offering the first round of 5G commercial networks this same year 2018.
Huawei’s 5G device strategy
Huawei Consumer Business Group has developed a 5G device strategy that profits from the high speed, low latency and great connectivity of 5G to create more varied connected experiences for users. This strategy includes smartphones, mobile Wi-Fi, industrial modules and other devices to connect people and objects with their homes, vehicles, among others.
There are two models of the Huawei CPE 5G. One low frequency (sub6GHz) and one high frequency (mmWave).
Yang Chaobin (President of 5G Product Line in Huawei) during his presentation at the Mobile World Congress 2018. © Huawei.
The low frequency model is small and lightweight, compatible with 4G and 5G networks, and has proved downlink speeds of up to 2 Gbps, 20 times more than 100Mbps optic fiber connections. This provides an ultra-fast user experience, which allows one to enjoy VR video and gaming experiences, or download a TV program in just one second.
The high frequency model is available in indoor and outdoor units.
On the image.- Above (left-right): William Xu (Executive Director of the Board and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer) and Ryan Ding (Executive Director of the Board and Chairman of Huawei Carrier BG in Huawei). Below (left-right): Patrik Zhang (President of the P & S Marketing & Solutions Department in Huawei) and Yang Chaobin (President of the 5G Product Line in Huawei). © Huawei.
To ensure maximum performance of its 5G CPE, Huawei has used its own Balong 5G01 chipset, the world’s first commercial chipset that supports the 3GPP standard for 5G, with theoretical downlink speeds of up to 2.3 Gbps.
It is compatible with 5G in all frequency bands, including sub-6GHz and millimeter waves (mmWave), to offer a complete 5G solution suitable for all kinds of uses. Thanks to its Balong 5G01, Huawei becomes the first company to offer an integral 5G solution through its network, devices and capabilities at the chipset level.
Again in the 5G field, Yang Chaobin, President of Huawei 5G Product Line, unveiled a complete series of 5G end-to-end solutions that complyant with the 3GPP standard (the only one currently available all over the world). The product range covers the root network, the transport network, the base stations and the terminals. Chaobin also unveiled that the Chinese company plans to launch its first 5G smartphone to the market early next year.
GSMA Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Mobile Industry
Ken Hu, rotating and acting CEO of Huawei, received last night,on behalf of the company he leads, the GSMA Award for the outstanding contribution to the mobile industry.
GSMA President and founder and President of Bharti Enterprises, Sunil Bharti Mittal, presented Hu with the award.
“Over the years, we have worked with many of you to advance 3G, 4G, and now 5G and other ICT technologies,” said Ken Hu, “so that more people can connect and enjoy better services. At this time, Huawei has connected more than a third of the world’s population. I am proud of what we have achieved, but the mobile industry is evolving. Soon it will become the cornerstone of a fully connected and intelligent world, and we still have a lot of work to do.”
“On behalf of the GSMA, I would like to congratulate Huawei for its commitment to boost the industry,” said Sunil Bharti Mittal. “In just 30 years, they have managed to become the largest provider of mobile network equipment in the world. Your contribution to global standards, the focus on innovation and the commitment to help customers and partners succeed will have a lasting impact on the future of our industry. ”
Sunil Bharti Mittal (Presidente de GSMA y fundador y Presidente de Bharti Enterprises) –derecha- entrega el Premio GSMA a la contribución sobresaliente a la industria móvil concedido a Huawei a Ken Hu, CEO rotativo y en funciones de Huawei. © Huawei.
The GSMA Award for the outstanding contribution to the mobile industry recognizes individuals, companies and organizations that made significant contributions to the development of the ICT industry and the advancement of mobile communications.
In addition to its technological contributions, Huawei was recognized for its commitment to collaborate with the industry: it actively participates in more than 360 standardization organizations, industrial organizations and open source communities, where it has played a fundamental role in the cultivation of an ecosystem wider digital
Towards an intelligent fully connected world thanks to 5G
Ken Hu, explained about the participation of Huawei in the MWC 2018: “The presentation of Huawei in MWC this year has three notable characteristics. First, the real experience. We are exploring the industry ourselves, and we have more than 300 operators and partners here, showing our cutting-edge technologies and services in action, including 5G, video and IoT. Second, a focus on business success. We have launched a series of scenario-specific solutions for individuals, households and businesses, including site solutions for all scenarios, high-quality home broadband, and the synergy of the cloud network. Third, leading products and solutions, including the 5G, the network driven by the purpose, the digital platform O & M of AUTIN and the solutions of flash memory Dorado18000. We look forward to talking with the industry leaders at the Huawei posts to discuss how the industry is developing. ”
Huawei stand at the Mobile World Congress 2018. © Huawei.
Huawei will also share its progress in tests and implementation of 5G with the main global operators. The Chinese tech company is an active partner of the 5G Slicing Alliance, a new industrial organization inveiled in the MWC whose objective is to boost the industry.
Ken Hu said: “5G standards and technologies are maturing. As market demand continues to grow, Huawei plans to launch a full range of 5G end-to-end products, including customer facility equipment, to help operators begin deploying 5G networks. Huawei will continue developing new technologies and working with industry partners to develop a 5G ecosystem. The ultimate goal is to build an intelligent and fully connected world. ”
Image above the headline.- Sunil Bharti Mittal (President of the GSMA and founder and President of Bharti Enterprises) presents the GSMA Award for the outstanding contribution to the mobile industry awarded to Huawei in the hands of Ken Hu, rotating and acting CEO of Huawei . © Huawei.
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