It’s still a long way to go before global 4G deployments are finished but Huawei is already putting a big team to work on 5G technology.
As Bloomberg reports, Ken Hu, Huawei’s deputy chairman and rotating chief executive officer, said in an email that his company has hundreds of engineers working on the next generation of mobile technology. Huawei’s hoping that it can deploy 10 GHz wireless connections—100 times faster than current 4G high speeds—by 2020.
Around 2020 is widely regarded as the timetable for when 5G technologies will begin to deploy commercially but 5G still lacks a strict definition of standards and features.
But considering Cisco is predicting web traffic from mobile devices will exceed traffic from wired devices as early as 2016, it stands to reason for companies like Huawei to accelerate plans for mobile networks that can handle all the demand.
Huawei is making advances already. Earlier this week, the carrier and Saudi Arabia CSP Mobily announced the deployment of a 400 Gbps IP core network to serve UMTS, LTE and FTTH users.