The company conducted early field tests of various air interface technologies and developed one of the early sub-6 GHz 5G prototypes. In addition to its 5GPPP board membership, Huawei has collaborated closely with major 5G ecosystem organizations such as METIS in the European Union (EU), IMT-2020 in China, 5GMF in Japan, and the 5G Forum in South Korea.
Huawei also boasts myriad partnerships with operators and vendors alike — all in the interest of leading the way toward 5G standardization.
Huawei 5G Operator Collaboration
Huawei has established close partnerships with the world’s top operators and is involved in the Next-Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) group. The Chinese vendor has collaborated with NGMN to research market demands for 5G, define scenarios for 5G, and verify 5G technologies.
Recently, Huawei announced its cooperation with many key operators, including China Mobile, China Telecom, NTT DoCoMo in Japan, LG U+ in South Korea, KT, Vodafone in Europe, Deutsche Telekom, SingTel, MegaFon in Russia, and Etisalat in the Middle East.
Huawei 5G Vendor Trials
One of Huawei’s most recent pre-commercial trials occurred in October 2017 in partnership with LG U+. The two companies successfully demonstrated the world’s first live ultra-high-definition (UHD) IPTV over 5G fixed-wireless with a 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) equipment. The trial put in place a solid foundation for the LG U+ 5G commercial launch and set a key milestone for the development of 5G.
In September 2017, Huawei partnered with Intel to launch 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR)-based Interoperability Development Testing (IODT) to verify 5G technologies and their degree of maturity. The partnership is a sign that the industry is rapidly maturing and preparing for the commercial deployment of 5G end-to-end under unified 5G standards.
Huawei 5G X-Haul
In August 2017, Huawei launched its X-Haul platform, which provides connectivity for 5G networks tasked with supporting network slicing and taking advantage of cloud-based capabilities. X-Haul components include the use of IP, microwave, and optical transport network (OTN) access technologies. These are designed to support both fronthaul and backhaul. The backhaul product includes Huawei’s adaptive network slicing router that can support 100-gigabit Ethernet (100GE) compatibility.