BT and Huawei team up to develop 5G technologies and apps

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BT and Huawei have formed a partnership to drive development and standardization of 5G mobile technologies.

The new partnership will see the companies conducting joint research into developing 5G, thinking of ways the technology might be applied, and the technical and commercial feasibility of deploying them.

BT and Huawei will work at BT Labs in Ipswich and other locations around the UK to explore various aspects of 5G, including: network architecture; a new air interface between devices and base stations; network slicing; machine-to-machine communications in Internet of Things (IoT) applications; and security technologies.

“We are determined to maximize the potential of 5G for our customers, so collaborative research has a key role to play as the technology develops, said Gavin Patterson, CEO of BT. “This partnership with Huawei will see us explore the potential uses and make sure 5G is designed to meet the needs of our consumer and business customers throughout the world.”

The 5G research program will build on a number of previous collaborations between BT and Huawei. Most recently, the two companies announced trials of 3-Tbps data transfer over BT’s core network, as well as research into delivering 40-Gbps speeds in the Openreach access network.

“We are very proud of our work with BT over the last eleven years,” said Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman of the Board and rotating CEO at Huawei. “We have conducted joint research and development activities which have led to new products and solutions, and with 5G we look forward to continuing this fruitful partnership. Together we can explore the potential of 5G networks and analyze how this vital technology can best be delivered.”

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