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Huawei to roll out 10Gbps WiFi in 2018 after successful lab trial

Follows promise that 10Gbps mobile speeds are coming in 2020
Fri May 30 2014, 13:58
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HUAWEI PLANS to roll out 10Gbps WiFi commercially in 2018 following a successful trial of the 802.11ax standardisation.

Huawei boasted on Thursday that it successfully achieved the first 10Gbps WiFi service on its campus in Shenzen since it began looking at the 802.11ax standardisation in 2010, with the prototype achieving a record data rate of 10.53Gbps on the 5GHz frequency band.

Huawei said, "This important milestone, which delivered data over WiFi 10 times faster than the fastest existing WiFi capability commercially available today, will enable a new era of big data applications by using ultra-fast WiFi technology based on advanced next generation architecture to boost data rates to 10Gbps."

Huawei said that the main technologies that enabled it to reach speeds 10 times faster than 802.11ac gigabit capability are "MIMO-OFDA, intelligent spectrum allocation, interference coordination, and hybrid access".

Thanks to this successful trial, Huawei will aim to make 10Gbps WiFi commercially available by 2018, "pending the agreement of global standards requirements and sufficient chipset availability".

The firm boasted that once 10Gbps WiFi does become commercially available, it will enable a new era of big data applications, and will offer better WiFi in densely populated areas, such as offices, stadiums and coffee shops.

At an event in November, Huawei said it expects mobile speeds to reach 10Gbps by 2020, with the firm pumping $600m into 5G research in order to make this happen.

Huawei EVP Eric 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." µ


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