[Brussels, Belgium, 21 June 2013]: In order to sustain the continuous growth of wireless business, and to support the industry’s response the ‘Big Data’ challenge, 5G wireless networks will emerge in the market between 2020 and 2030. Through intensive research and collaboration efforts, Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, is helping to drive Europe towards this exciting 5G wireless future.
There is no doubt that 5G wireless technologies are necessary to support the evolution of our ever-expanding wireless world: Over the next decade we will witness a 1,000-times increase in the demand for wireless capacity; a range of exciting new business opportunities to connect billions of things wirelessly will emerge and radio access capability will ultimately allow every person to access the wireless network at a speed of 10Gbit per second, 100 times faster than the fastest mobile device on the market today.
Researchers at Huawei’s 2012 Laboratories are answering the call of 5G. They are at the cutting edge of technology exploration and development for 5G wireless. Meanwhile, Huawei is actively participating in and driving broader industry eco-system collaborations, such as the METIS project. In METIS, which is co-funded by the European Commission as an Integrated Project under the Seventh Framework Programme for research and development (FP7), Huawei is playing the leading role in the Radio Link Technology stream. We recently sponsored a METIS project meeting in Munich, which gathered together more than 140 researchers from industry, carriers and universities to crack the foundational technologies that will enable 5G wireless to come about.
Dr. Wen Tong, Huawei Fellow and the head of Huawei Communications Technologies Labs believes that the emergence of 5G wireless networks will accelerate fusion within the ICT industry. "5G wireless will, first of all, open the frontiers of a new end-user experience. For example, visual communication will become the mainstream, and people will use wireless devices to interact instantly with people remotely, as if they were meeting face-to-face. 5G wireless will also wirelessly connect an enormous number of "things" to the network. "Therefore, in combination with cloud computing and Big Data technologies, we can essentially automate the entire society," Dr. Tong commented.
Dr. Tong added, "There are a lot of innovations that need to be created and a lot of technology challenges need to be overcome to create 5G solutions. At Huawei, our researchers are studying the new radio link technologies and new radio access network architecture. We are also working on prototyping and have conducted field trials on cloud-based radio access networks (so called Cloud-RAN). We are playing a leading role in 5G wireless technology development".