Huawei has successfully completed the second phase of testing its 5G services in China. The testing makes Huawei the first carrier to successfully complete the 5G network slicing test. Huawei has also been upbeat about offering its 5G services to its mobile phone customers – as it’s a smartphone manufacturer as well as a carrier provider, integrating the two for better coverage and network. The second phase test was rolled out first in September 2016.
With the new technology, the downlink speeds through the satellite have drastically improved with Huawei adopting multiple new technologies such as Radio and Massive MIMO. As per the details shared by Huawei on its blog, utilizing the entire 200MHz bandwidth helped achieve single-user downlink speeds of 6Gbps and 18Gbps of cell-peak rate. As the blog mentions, “The world’s first Huawei 5G test terminal was utilized for radio technology verification. This terminal enabled more than 100 channels of on demand 4K UHD video in a single 5G base station. The clarity and smooth playback in vehicle-mounted mobile scenarios helped to demonstrate a superior experience offered by 5G C-Band Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB).”
The carrier provider has managed to complete the verification and testing ahead of schedule, helping move the economy faster towards 5G implementation in the country. To compare, officials in India are still working on 5G tests in the country with roll-out standards for 5G not expected till 2018. Huawei partnered with various other companies starting with instrument vendors to chipset vendors to check connectivity and to understand the industry better. Some of the companies Huawei partnered with are: instrument vendors (Rohde & Schwarz, Keysight Technologies, and DT Link Tester), chipset vendors (Spreadtrum Communications and MediaTek), and other companies to promote industry maturity. ALSO READ: Indian standards for 5G rollout to be ready by 2018
Wang Zhiqin, Deputy Director of the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group and the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) emphasized that, “The second-phase 5G R&D system verification was launched in September 2016 to promote global 5G standardization, accelerate 5G prototype development, and build the 5G industry chain. This test used a set of unified equipment and test specifications for 5G-oriented typical scenarios. Thanks to proactive support from global operation, system, chipset, and instrument companies, we have reached preset goals and accelerated the formation of an industry ecosystem.”
Dr. Tong Wen, Huawei Fellow and Wireless Network CTO highlighted that, “Huawei launched 5G R&D as early as 2009 and since then is committed to driving technological innovation and cross-industry collaboration. Huawei’s 5G research achievements have been hugely validated during the second phase of the 5G test. In the future, Huawei will continuously focus on 5G R&D to promote the sound development of the 5G industry in close participation with global partners.”