Huawei Sees 5G Wireless Boosting Mobile Speeds 100 Times by 2020

Huawei Technologies Co., China’s largest phone-network equipment maker, said it plans to introduce fifth-generation mobile technology for commercial service by 2020, with speeds 100 times current 4G networks.

Even before 4G service is commercially available in China, Huawei has devoted hundreds of engineers to develop the technology, Ken Hu, the Shenzhen-based company’s deputy chairman and rotating chief executive officer, said in an e-mail today.

China Mobile Ltd., the world’s largest wireless carrier, is conducting trials of 4G networks in China with licenses for commercial service anticipated by the end of the year, the company said in March. There are about 200 4G networks operating commercially in 75 countries today, with another 200 in progress or planned, Hu said, citing the Global Mobile Suppliers Association. About half the world’s population will have access to 4G mobile networks by 2018, he said.

Adoption of 5G, which requires appropriate airwaves be released by government regulators, will mean mobile broadband at speeds of up to 10 gigabytes, or 100 times the fastest 4G connection, Hu said. Current 4G mobile technology offers Internet connections at speeds up to 100 megabytes, three times faster than the 3G technology that preceded it.

China is looking to jointly develop 5G technology with companies in Taiwan and set up a cross-strait supply chain, the Taipei-based Commercial Times reported today, citing China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Deputy Minister Liu Lihua. Liu invited Taiwan-based companies including Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. and MediaTek Inc. to join China’s 5G development team, the report said, without saying where it got the information.

— With assistance by Edmond Lococo

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