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July 4, 2014

Huawei promises large scale 5G trials in Europe

New research partnership to focus on network energy use.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei will start ‘large scale trials’ for 5G networks as it joins the board of the 5G Infrastructure Association in Europe.

The Chinese telecoms firm, which is investing $600m in 5G research over the next four years, said it will play an advisory role in researching the next generation of the 5G mobile technology.

Huawei said it will carry out "large scale trials" with the European Commission and industry partners in preparation for global standards and regulatory discussions on topics such as energy reduction in network operations and the future of frequency bands.

The company will be represented by Dr. David Soldani of Huawei’s European Research Centre at the body’s general assembly, held in Bologna on 26 June, Huawei said in statement.

"Huawei will place significant effort in driving 5G foundational technology research, tests and large scale trials in collaboration with partners to assess the technical feasibility and business viability of new 5G technologies," it added.

Huawei said it expects 5G to deliver peak data rates of over 10Gbps by 2020, 100 times faster than today’s 4G networks, while the EU estimates it can download high-definition movie in six seconds, compared to six minutes with 4G.

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Europe’s 5G Infrastructure Association is a €1.4 billion joint initiative between the European Commission and telecoms firms. Other members include Alcatel-Lucent, Deutsche Telekom and Orange.

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