Huawei, Chinese telecoms giant and Orange, French telecommunication group on Thursday signed an agreement to bolster partnership on 5G services and cloudification, the Chinese firm said.
With the new accord, the two companied will cooperate on key technologies related to 5G to "encourage innovation in three areas of 5G services: infrastructure, operations and ecosystem development."
In this context, they will collaborate on mobile network cloudification with open service interfaces, network flow cut and sharing 4G and 5G power in the frequency bands.
In addition, Huawei and Orange will focus on specific use scenarios for 5G such as ultra large coverage in Africa and energy efficiency, the statement added.
"We are pleased to announce this new milestone in our long-term cooperation with the Orange group on mobile technologies and in particular in view of the imminent arrival of 5G," said Zou Zhilei, president of the Huawei Carrier Business Group.
"It also shows our commitment to our best customers to help them build a better connected world," he added.
Alain Maloberti, vice president of Orange Labs Networks, said the accord is a part of plan to face "technological challenges that will make possible the future uses of augmented and virtual reality and ...improve the performance of our mobile network... when it is needed, for our customers in Europe and Africa."
StarHub clocks 35Gbps speeds in 5G trial with Huawei
Singaporean telecommunications provider StarHub has revealed that it attained speeds of 35.15Gbps during a trial of 5G network technology with Chinese technology giant Huawei earlier this month.
The field trial was conducted using 2GHz at the e-band -- which sits between the 60GHz and 90GHz frequencies -- using three layers of e-band, as well as 64 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM).
"To future proof our network, we have been trialling gigabit-speed solutions, which for instance can deliver over 30Gbps on 5G," Chong Siew Loong, head of Network Engineering at StarHub, told ZDNet.
Back in November, StarHub and Nokia also attained speeds of 4.3Gbps and latency of 1ms during a 5G trial over centimetre-wave (cmWave) frequency between the 3GHz and 30GHz bands using the Nokia AirScale platform.
These 5G trials followed StarHub and Nokia's demonstration of 600Mbps data transmission speeds over 4G using 4x4 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (4x4 MIMO) and carrier aggregation in May, as well as announcing a showcase of 1Gbps indoor 4G coverage in conjunction with Huawei in April, which combined 55MHz across the 1800MHz, 2100MHz, and 2600MHz spectrum bands.
StarHub also trialled network technology in July for the purposes of upgrading its 4G network in partnership with Nokia to triple peak upload speeds to 150Mbps using 64 QAM and aggregating spectrum in the 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands, with the aim of commercially launching such a 4G upgrade in Marina Bay and Orchard Road in December 2016.
"Download speed is just one measure of network quality; upload performance is as important, as mobile customers increasingly share high-definition videos and photos instantly with the world," Chong Siew Loong told ZDNet.
"StarHub is the first telco to triple 4G upload bandwidth to 150Mbps. Available in Marina Bay and Orchard, this network upgrade will reach the rest of Singapore within the first half of this year ... StarHub's nationwide 4G LTE-Advanced network offers mobile customers peak download speeds of 300Mbps.
"As part of our ongoing 'live' trials, 4G 800Mbps coverage has been deployed at Clarke Quay, with 4G 1Gbps to be made available in other crowded areas later this year. Further deployment is dependent on the availability of spectrum and supported phone models."
Like Singtel, StarHub also enabled the embedded SIM (eSIM) to be usable across its 4G LTE-Advanced network in January, allowing customers to connect their smart wearables without needing to pair with a smartphone via Bluetooth.
The "SIM-less" technology involves a permanently fitted SIM, around 10 times smaller than a nano SIM, being pre-installed in wearables. The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier LTE is thus far the only compatible device within Singapore.
Rival telecommunications carrier M1 earlier this week also announced attaining speeds of 35Gbps during a trial of 5G network technology with Huawei. The lab trial was conducted at M1's main operating centre in Jurong, and made use of millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum in the 73GHz E-band.
M1 and Huawei have been working together on improving 4G speeds for more than a year; in January last year, they announced attaining 1Gbps download/130Mbps upload speedsacross M1's 4G mobile network using a CAT14 Huawei device for the trial.
The 4G trial was also conducted inside of M1's LTE Advanced test lab, and attained through the combination of four network technologies: 4x4 MIMO; two-component carrier (2CC) uplink carrier aggregation; 3CC tri-band downlink carrier aggregation; and Higher Order Modulation 256 QAM.
M1 also partnered with Nokia on 5G network technology, and conducted the nation's first live demonstration of narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) in October last year.
While incumbent telco's Singtel's CTO Tay Soo Meng has acknowledged that there is a "global race" towards 5G, Singapore's largest telco carrier has yet to announce the outcome of any of its own trials, simply working on a "blueprint" for 5G deployment since January 2015 with Ericsson. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding two years ago to "study the future of 5G networks and its applications" for consumers and enterprises.
Singtel also upgraded its own 4G network to be capable of 450Mbps speeds and undertook 1Gbps live tests across 4G with Ericsson last week using 256 QAM downlink combined with 4x4 MIMO and triple carrier aggregation.
Huawei plans to provide 5G network service in Austraila in 2020
It is reported that Huawei is preparing the constructions of 5G network, which will roll out 5G mobile network in Australia in 2020, according to Business Spectator.
5G network, or the fifth generation mobile communication network, is the latest wireless network in development. It can transport data at the speed of 10Gps, which is 10 times faster than the current 4G network. Besides, 5G network also supports wireless 4K video and holographic communication.
David Soldani, vice director of Huawei’s Research & Innovation Center said when he was interviewed by The Australian that, Huawei’s 5G network constructions is going smoothly. It is planning to roll out 5Gwireless network service in Australia. Meanwhile, Huawei has tested5G network in many areas worldwide.
Dr Soldani will establish a industry cluster covering enterprises and researchers in Australia in December. These staff will help Huawei to accomplish the localization service of 5G network in Australia. He added that, “We also hope the Australian party will come up with requirements on 5G network constructions from all the industries. ”
Soldani said if Australia participates in the 5G network constructions conducted by Huawei now, Australia is expected to realize the coverage of 5G network by 2020.
Although Huawei has been focusing to satisfy the technical requirements of Australian party, to his surprise, the Australian party has not responded to Huawei referring to 5G network constructions. However, the European Commission is investing 700 million Euro to develop 5G network. Besides, China, Japan, South Korea, and the US are also raise the same proposals on 5G network construction.