Insight into Africa’s historic 5G trial

by AKANI CHAUKE
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – HUAWEI has provided insight into the technology on which the historic 5G test, in partnership with MTN, was based.

The trial in Pretoria, the South African capital, on Tuesday was run on Huawei’s 5G customer premise equipment (CPE).

The CPE is developed based on the 3GPP standards and chipset architecture. It is compact in size, low in power consumption, and highly portable. As the smallest 5G commercial terminal in the world, it supports C-band and mmWave.

Based on 3.5 GHz and mmWave, users can enjoy a fiber-like experience of wireless home broadband services with the rate exceeding 2 Gbps.

Huawei’s 3GPP 5G Pre-commercial System was awarded as one of World Leading Internet Scientific and Technological Achievements at the fourth World Internet Conference opening on December 3, 2017. This honour recognised the system’s excellent end-to-end capabilities and technical innovation. Huawei’s rotating Chief Executive Officer, Eric Xu, attended the conference and showcased the product.

Based on 3GPP standards and specifications, this award winning system is the first of its kind on the market. It features multiple Huawei key technologies, products, and end-to-end solutions in various fields, such as radio access networks (RANs), core networks (CNs), bearer networks, terminals, and chips.

The aim of the system is to expedite the development of the 5G industry chain and promote the digitisation of the entire industry.

Huawei Rotating CEO, Eric Xu, speaking at the conference, said Huawei planneds to launch a complete set of 5G network equipment solutions for large-scale global commercial deployment in 2018.

“At that time, mobile internet will step into a new era where connectivity of everything will promote the digital transformation of all industries. Huawei also expects to launch 5G Kirin chips and smartphones in 2019 to provide a superior 5G network experience as early as possible,” he remarked at the conference.

5G not only indicates a grand changeover in mobile communications. It is also a key enabler of the digital transformation of all industries, allowing everything to be sensing, connected, and intelligent.

While Huawei could only follow others in technical development in the 2G era. It has managed to gradually eclipse more and more of its competitors in the age of 4G. Huawei is channeling its efforts towards the study of 5G technical specifications, making early and extensive preparations.
– CAJ News

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