Huawei Technologies Co. is currently working on the fifth generation (5G) network technology which will allow mobile users to enjoy with the current domestic fiber-optic network similar wireless Internet experience.
However Huawei stressed out that the technology is estimated to be seven years to mature, in order to use this kind of network means that users must wait until 2020 – if the carriers are willing to provide it .
In fact, most telecom operators worldwide have just started to enter the 4G era, also known as LTE era. 5G network of general application is still years away. China’s biggest telecommunications companies are only just starting LTE network trial operation.
5G network is important because today’s world is a world of things towards a more everyday objects – from the house, the car, to a wide range of consumer goods have begun “networked.”
As after Ericsson, Huawei is the world’s second-largest telecommunications network equipment suppliers. Huawei is committed to 5G network and it is not the only company working on 5G networks. Other telecom operators, including Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, Samsung Electronics and Alcatel-Lucent, has begin developing the next generation technologies.
Huawei is responsible for 5G technology research and development and 5G technology is one of Huawei’s R & D focus areas said Tong Wen, who leads the company’s 5G technology development efforts.
Despite high expectations, the 5G technology however will face many challenges. 5G network requires much more than the current spectrum carriers to get level.
Tong stated that, the entire mobile industry will need to lobby for access to more spectrum and relying on one company is impossible. As part of a 5G development project funded by the European Union, Huawei is currently talking to industry peers such as Ericsson, Nokia Siemens and Alcatel-Lucent about the next-generation technology.
However he pointed out, it is too early for the industry to begin discuss the 5G technology standardization premature.
Huawei said the company started working from 2009 for the 5G network technology development, and there are currently more than 200 experts specializing in this field. Tong said Huawei will also work with the world’s 20 top universities in joint research and development of this technology, including Harvard University (Harvard), University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) and Cambridge (Cambridge).
Huawei in recent years, has increased R & D investment in the field. Last year, Huawei’s R & D spending reached $ 4.8 billion, or about 13% of its annual gross revenue. The company’s R&D spending in 2011 was $ 3.8 billion, $ 2.7 billion in 2010, which has maintained a consistent growth. Huawei’s R&D spending last year, roughly the same with Ericsson but higher than Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks.
Nearly half of Huawei’s worldwide workforce of 150,000 is in R&D.
Huawei has 16 R&D centers worldwide, located in Ottawa, Canada’s. The R&D center is focused on the 5G technology.
In Europe, some telecom carriers have expressed concerns that European equipment suppliers may not be able to keep up with Huawei’s R&D investments in coming years, making the Chinese company one of few sources of advanced gear.
Huawei has 44 LTE networks across Africa, many of which are “invisible” and can be switched on immediately once the respective operators are ready. In a roundtable discussion with reporters at the LTE Africa conference in Cape Town today, leading global figures from the giant Chinese communications solutions provider painted a positive picture as to just how close major commercial rollouts are on the continent.
Huawei claims its latest Android smartphone offers the fastest download speeds in the world. The Ascend P2, dubbed the “world’s fastest 4G LTE smartphone”, supports download speeds of up to 150Mbps but requires your mobile network to come to the party. Huawei is certainly crowing about the Ascend P2′s potential data speeds. While its notable as the highest speed LTE connection we’ve seen in a smartphone, the LTE Cat 4 specification on the Ascend P2 requires mobile networks to come to the party. In Australia, Telstra is rolling out Category 4 upgrades around the nation, but at the moment it’s only Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane that have access to this fastest speed tier.
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