At the 2014 Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBB Forum) in Shanghai, Huawei and SingTel announced that they would team up to develop 5G technology. Both Huawei and SingTel will work together on the 5G research program and conduct the 5G trial which will provide SingTel’s customers with near-zero-delay network experience.
5G speed, reaching 10GB/S, is expected to be 10 to 100 times faster than the fastest 4G network currently available. In other words, 5G customers can download an HD movie in just 1 second. 5G also has have the capability to connected billions of devices and severely decrease the latency comparing to 4G.
According to the vice president of China Mobile, the amount of data for mobile communication will increase dramatically, especially in developed cities. In Shanghai, for instance, the total data usage in 2020 is projected to be 600 times larger than that of 2010. This is in line with the conclusions of a white paper by IMT-2020, a 5G working group setup by MIIT, NDRC, and MOST. They projected that there will be an:
- Explosive growth of data traffic
- Massive increase in the number of interconnected devices
- Continuous emergence of new services and applications
Their estimated data traffic growth rate is so large that the expected data usage in 2030 in Shanghai could be close to 100,000 times larger than that of 2010.
President of Huawei Products and Solutions said that 5G is the future of mobile networks and will become the ultimate platform for a connected world bringing new innovations as well as creating new collaborations and new opportunities.
Before this cooperation, Huawei had previously announced that it would invest US$600 million into the research and innovation of 5G technologies from 2013 to 2018. The commercial operation of 5G telecom services is expected to start globally by 2020.
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