TELUS, Huawei Deploy Live 3GPP-based 5G Point to Multipoint Network

TELUS, Huawei Deploy Live 3GPP-based 5G Point to Multipoint Network Image Credit: Telus

TELUS has collaborated with Huawei for a successful completion of a 5G wireless connection using the global 3GPP technology standards platform.

According to TELUS, the pilot not only demonstrates the dramatically faster wireless speeds customers will enjoy as 5G technology becomes mainstream over the next three years, but it also showcases the potential for 5G technology to deliver Wireless-to-the-Premise (WTTx) connectivity with speeds and reliability necessary to power the smart homes and businesses of tomorrow.

The pilot network was set up to reflect a real-world point-to-multi-point connection over commercial central office equipment and transport networks. The network leveraged equipment based on 3GPP 5G foundational technologies over a 28 GHz connection, although the 5G standards body will not be finalized until early 2018.

The pilot is part of TELUS and Huawei's 5G Living Lab in Vancouver, where both companies have been trialling next-generation technologies since 2015, in a live real-world setting.

These ground-breaking trials are laying the foundation for 5G, which will enable the likes of driverless cars; smart cities; new innovations in healthcare; as well as yet-to-be-imagined applications, devices and services powered by astonishingly fast and reliable wireless connections.

Eros Spadotto, EVP of Technology Strategy, Telus
These advancements will help TELUS drive industry partnerships, develop yet-to-be-invented 5G applications and advance the 5G ecosystem with the ultimate goal of enabling future capabilities that will dramatically improve the lives of Canadians in our ever-changing digital society.

Dr. Wen Tong, Huawei Felloe and CTO Huawei Wireless 
This achievement is an important step forward in aligning our research efforts in 3GPP 5G standard with the practical application for building and deploying 3GPP unified 5G networks around the world.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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