Everybody and their brother is testing so-called 5G technology these days. And that includes TELUS (News - Alert) and Huawei.
In fact, the communication services provider and the equipment giant have been collaborating on a 5G pilot project that is part of the companies’ 5G Living Lab in Vancouver. And late last week, the two companies announced that they have concluded what they called a successful pilot effort involving 5G wireless connectivity based on 3GPP standard technology.
That test, the companies said, demonstrated the high speeds 5G can deliver and showed its potential for us to deliver wireless-to-the-premise connectivity to power smart homes and businesses.
That said, it should be noted that the 3GPP is still working on standardizing 5G. The cellular community – include 3GPP and then the ITU – is working on two phases of 5G standards. The first, called Release 15, is expected to be frozen by June 2018. The second, referred to as Release 16, should come out 15 months after that. (And 5G technology is expected to become commercially available beginning in 2020, according to Huawei (News - Alert) and TELUS).
However, Huawei and TELUS said the pilot network “leveraged equipment based on 3GPP 5G foundational technologies over a 28GHz connection.”
The companies in their announcement also emphasized their pride in the fact that “Canadian led talent and expertise is at the forefront of global 5G research and technology deployment.” But while TELUS is a Canadian company, and Huawei has operations in Canada, the infrastructure giant is a Chinese company.
But Dr. Wen Tong, Huawei Fellow, and CTO Huawei Wireless based at the Canada Research Centre in Ottawa, commented, “For the past several years, our Canadian team has played a key global leadership role in 5G. To achieve this successful trial in Canada with a Canadian partner is a powerful reflection on Canada’s 5G innovation capabilities.”
Huawei and TELUS have been working in the 5G Living Lab in Vancouver for the past couple of years. Last year at the labs they demonstrated 30 gigabit per second speeds over a heterogeneous network in downtown Vancouver.
Edited by Alicia Young