23 June 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
Telus and Huawei say have successfully completed trials of 5G wireless technology using the global 3GPP standards platform.
The pilot resulted in what Huawei says were dramatically
faster wireless speeds: up to 200 times faster than current LTE
networks. But the company says it also shows the potential for
5G technology to deliver wireless-to-the-premises connectivity
as it has the speeds and reliability necessary to power the
smart homes and businesses of the future.
The network used equipment based on 3GPP 5G foundational
technologies over a 28GHz connection.
"This is an incredibly rewarding accomplishment for our
joint Telus and Huawei teams who have worked hard to bring
truly state-of-the-art technologies to life," said Eros
Spadotto, executive vice president of technology strategy.
"This achievement is an important step forward in aligning
our research efforts in 3GPP 5G standards with the practical
application for building and deploying 3GPP unified 5G networks
around the world" said Wen Tong, Huawei fellow, and chief
technology officer of Huawei Wireless at the Canada Research
Centre in Ottawa.
The successful pilot is part of Telus and
Huawei’s 5G Living Lab in Vancouver. Designed in a
real-world setting, both companies have been trialling 5G
technologies since 2015. In 2016 it achieved lightening fast
speeds of 30 Gbps in a controlled environment and successfully
deployed a heterogeneous network in central Vancouver. This
latest success demonstrates a real-world point-to-multi-point
connection with the low latency and reliability required to
power the next generation of home services.
Spadotta added: "These advancements will help Telus drive
industry partnerships, develop yet-to-be-invented 5G
applications and advance the 5G ecosystem with the ultimate
goal of enabling future capabilities that will dramatically
improve the lives of Canadians in our ever-changing digital
"For the past several years, our Canadian team has played a
key global leadership role in 5G. To achieve this successful
trial in Canada with a Canadian partner is a powerful
reflection on Canada’s 5G innovation
capabilities," said Tong.
Though 5G wireless technology becomes commercially available
in 2020, thanks to the 5G Living Lab, Telus customers in
Vancouver will have early access to this cutting edge