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Huawei expects 10Gbps mobile speeds by 2020 as it plans $600m 5G investment

Says high-speeds will create endless possibilities
Tue Nov 05 2013, 10:50
A sign with the Huawei logao

CHINESE PHONE MAKER Huawei expects mobile speeds to reach 10Gbps by 2020, as it announced plans to invest a further $600m in 5G.

Speaking at the Huawei Mobile Broadband Forum in London on Tuesday, the firm's EVP Eric Xu spoke about how Huawei is heavily investing in 5G technology with a planned infrastructure investment of $600m, which it hopes will aid operators get the high-speed mobile connectivity to market faster.

Xu said, "Today's theme is mobile broadband. In this area, we continuously invest in innovation. We started our investment in 5G early, in 2009, and we have demonstrated our 5G prototype capable of 50Gbps speeds.

"We want to develop a system that will not break, that will support up to one billion connections and offer users speeds of up to 10Gbps. Of course, there are a lot of issues to work out before we get there." Xu added that once 5G becomes commercially available, "possibilities will go beyond imagination".

"We are committed to helping the operators build more efficient and integrated systems, that can link people to people, people to things, and things to things,” Xu said.

Of course, it's still unclear when 5G connectivity will reach the UK, but European Commission digital agenda VP, Neelie Kroes, has said she wants it in Europe by 2020, claiming that we "desperately" need to catch up.

Speaking earlier this year Kroes said, "We can no longer stick to legacy systems, 20th century needs, historically allocated powers. We must focus on our goal, on the digital imperative, and do what's needed to deliver it.

"As the problems you face are varied - so must our solutions be subtle and targeted... Where there are innovative opportunities, we must ourselves innovate to seize them... European 5G is an unmissable opportunity to recapture the global technological lead. And I hope you will be able to support and join us."

Also at Huawei's event on Tuesday, EE announced the launch of a 300Mbps LTE network which will be trialed in East London's Tech City before becoming available to all in mid-2014. µ


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