February 12, 2014
Over the past two years, smartphones and mobile internet have already set off a fundamental and rather surprising transformation in the way we access the network. In 2013, the number of mobile internet users exceeded the number of PC internet users for the first time. The sharp increase in mobile broadband demand means that adaptation of next generation network infrastructure is required to keep pace with this massive transformation of our industry.
5G is expected to be commercialised by 2020, bringing with it 1000 times more capacity than current mobile networks. What does this involve for our customers and end users? To put it simply, it eliminates bottlenecks for service providers and paves the way for innovations such as emerging technologies and applications that we cannot even imagine today.
A key aspect of this trend is that 5G will connect machines and things on a massive scale, bringing virtually everything into the network and onto the internet. At a mature stage, this Internet of Things will reach about 50 to 100 billion objects.
On the IT side, a virtualised cloud computing infrastructure will represent another fundamental transformation which will enable us to build the 5G network of the future, providing universal connectivity and network optimisation and revolutionising many vertical industries in the process.
So, in a nutshell, 5G is not only an evolution of telecommunications, but will also incubate other emerging innovative industries.
5G is a global technology. European investment and focus on 5G is critical for maintaining the long-term competitiveness of its industry and ecosystem.
Europe also plays an important role in the global 5G ecosystem. The success of European 5G is therefore vital to ensuring the global success of 5G.
Huawei began investing in 5G research in 2009, and we recently announced an additional investment of US$600 million for 5G research and innovation over the next five years.
These investments will cover a broad range of key enabling technologies with a view to achieving the commercialisation of the 5G network by 2020. Our vision of the future 5G network involves individual user speeds of 10 Gb/s, which is about 100 times faster than the highest mobile speed available on the market today.
Huawei’s approach to 5G innovation has been an open and collaborative one. We work extensively within the global ICT ecosystem including industry partners, consortiums, our customers, service providers and universities.
We believe that by joining forces with global partners and through leading initiatives such as the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme will be key to making 5G a reality.
Dr Wen Tong, Head of Wireless Research and Head of Communications Technologies Laboratories at Huawei 2012 LAB
Dr. Wen Tong is a Huawei Fellow, the Head of Wireless Research and the Head of Communications Technologies Laboratories at Huawei 2012 LAB, a corporative centralised next generation research initiative. He is currently based at the company’s R&D center in Ottawa, Canada, where he is leading one of the largest wireless research organisations in the industry with more than 700 research experts.
He is responsible for the development of advanced algorithms and 3GPP/IEEE wireless standards and spearheads the research and development of 5G wireless technology for the company.
Dr. Tong also serves on the Boards of Directors of the WiFi Alliance and the Green Touch Consortium.
Prior to joining Huawei in March 2009, he was a Nortel Fellow and the global Head of Network Technology Labs at Nortel. Dr. Tong was Nortel’s most prolific inventor. He has conducted advanced research spanning from 1G to 4G wireless at Nortel.
He received M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1986 and 1993 and joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995 in Canada. He has pioneered fundamental technologies in wireless with 180 US patents granted.