06 February 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Huawei says it has demonstrated a 5G vehicle system with Telefónica in Spain and has promised to spend £3 billion in the UK.
Telefónica and Huawei said they have achieved a new
milestone with the world’s first proof-of-concept
testbed for 5G-based vehicle communication networks in their 5G
Joint Innovation Lab at Madrid.
The trial was to test whether a vehicle system can achieve high
reliability and low-latency – an essential requirement
for autonomous driving – using a macro cellular
network covering urban, suburban and rural use.
According to Huawei, the exercise achieved 99.999% reliability
with a latency of just 1ms.
Enrique Blanco, the global CTIO of Telefónica, said the
demonstration "is another step towards 5G commercialisation and
a fully connected society. We will strengthen our collaboration
by verifying 5G key technologies. Multiple novel use cases will
be developed and provided to our customers."
The test was based on the latest standard for 5G radio, set in
December 2017. So far it covers advanced driving and remote
driving, said Huawei, but improvements will be needed for fully
self-driving cars. For a start, vehicle-to-vehicle
communications will be needed.
Meanwhile Huawei said it has committed to procurement worth
£3 billion in the UK over the next five years, having
exceeded its previous five-year target of £1.3 billion by
around 50%: it spent around £2 billion in the country
between 2013 and 2017.
Sun Yafang, chairwoman of Huawei, made the pledge during a
meeting with UK prime minister Theresa May in Beijing last
Huawei gave no details on how the £3 billion would be
spent, but it noted that it now employs more than 1,500 people
in the UK in 15 offices, including its head office in
Sun said: "Huawei values long-term partnership. The UK was one
of the first international markets we entered, when we opened
our first office there in 2001. We have now been working with
our major customers in the UK for more than 12 years, helping
to build a better connected UK."