With 4G technologies still not accessible by everyone, Huawei is thinking about the future and is already planning the next generation of wireless communication in the form of 5G technology. The company announced that the first 5G network will be up and running by 2020 and to make sure that this happens, it is investing $600 over the next 6 years for research and development on this upcoming technology.
During the 5G@Europe Summit held in Munich, Germany this Monday Huawei announced that it will be making a multimillion dollar investment to develop the enabling technologies of 5G. Dr. Wen Tong, Head of Wireless Research and Head of Communications Technologies Laboratories at Huawei 2012 LAB, said that “5G will have a fundamental impact on the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) industry, and on our quality of life”.
Eric Xu, the current CEO of Huawei, said that “There are several issues that must be resolved before 5G can become a reality, such as how to engineer network architectures capable of handling increasingly higher data volumes and transmission speeds necessary to accommodate more users on the network.”
“We have already achieved many technological breakthroughs in 5G research and innovation, but the majority of the work remains ahead of us.”
Huawei predicted that once a 5G network is in place it will result in around 50 to 100 billion connections by 2020. The company initially invested in this technology in 2009 and its European Research Centre is one of the leaders in the development of 5G wireless technology.
So how fast is a 5G network? The current 4G network is capable of providing data rates of up to 100MBps while a 5G network can go as high as 10Gps. This makes it ideal for use in upcoming services such as HD streaming.
Of course once the 5G network is ready then a compatible mobile device must be used to take advantage of its speed. Right now the fastest mobile devices are compatible with 4G networks.