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Huawei commits $600million to 5G development

By Adeyemi Adepetun
07 September 2016   |   3:19 am
Chinese technology firm, Huawei is investing at least $600 million to the development of fifth generation (5G) network.


Chinese technology firm, Huawei is investing at least $600 million to the development of fifth generation (5G) network.

Huawei, which targeted 2018 for the realisation of this feat, hinted that it has designated over 200 engineers in its research and development section to get this done.

Disclosing this in Shangai, China, at the weekend, while conducting International journalists round the R and D arm of the firm, Huawei’s Head of International Media, Joe Kelly, said the firm has achieved a 115 Gbps transmission speed over the air with 5G prototype in lab.

5G network is a heterogeneous network, which enables the cooperation between lower-frequency wide-area coverage network and high-frequency network.

While calling on countries and organisations to prepare for the revolution, the firm disclosed that the future network will focus on the different business applications and user experience other than just the pursuit of the greater bandwidth and volume.

According to it, this move will raise the requirement to build service oriented networks to quickly and efficiently respond to user needs, as well as to offer consistent and high-quality services for different use cases.

Huawei said 5G is the next frontier of innovation for the wireless industry and the broader Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ecosystem.

While over 10 per cent of the Huawei’s revenue goes into R and D, it stressed that 5G will focus on the breakthroughs to support the expansion and enhancement of mobile Internet and Internet of Things (IoT).

According to firm, founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei, the application of 5G in IoT and vertical industries will bring more market space and present business opportunities to operators.

Besides, expanded and enhanced mobile Internet services will help further improve the consumers experience, strengthen user stickiness and guarantee operators’ revenues and profits.

Huawei noted that to adequately support the development of mobile Internet and IoT, 5G networks will increasingly become the primary means of network access for person to person and person to machine connectivity, meaning that the new technology will need to match the diversity of service requirements and service characteristics.

Example of this include extreme broadband, ultra-low latency, massive connection and ultra-high reliability, among others, along with the ability to accommodate various use cases.

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