Huawei to launch 5G network by 2020


The technology is capable of speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has said it expects to launch its 5G network by 2020.

The technology will offer speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G, according to Huawei’s executive vice president and chief operating officer of its LTE (4G technology) business unit Zhou Yuefang. He estimates a 5G network could achieve speeds of up to 10Gbps, compared to 4G’s 100Mbps.

Speaking to news site ZDNet, Yuefang said it usually takes five years for a mobile technology to become mainstream. As 4G is beginning to gain traction now, the “natural progression” of the industry means 5G will be introduced in 2020, he said.

Huawei plans to be “technology-ready” for 5G by then, Yuefang said. He expects the technology to come to Asia first.

The announcement comes a few weeks after Huawei said it was “answering the call of 5G” by investing in research and joining the METIS (mobile and wireless communications enablers for a twenty-twenty information society) project.