Huawei lays out 4.5G network strategy

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Connected virtual reality, smart metering, drones and health products to benefit from improved network capabilities

Huawei has outlined its plans for 4.5G technology which will see virtual reality, smart metering, drones and health products benefit from faster and more stable connections.

At a pre-Mobile World Congress event held in London today (February 24), the Chinese manufacturer outlined a “business blueprint” to show mobile operators how

In October, Huawei had unveiled plans to rollout 4.5G technology – an improvement on standard LTE meant to suffice until 5G becomes viable.

Speaking at the briefing at the Dorchester Hotel in London, Huawei vice president of marketing Bob Cai said 4.5G is a “natural evolution” of LTE.

“(4,5G) supports new business opportunities and an improved user experience through enhancement of the mobile network’s capacity and capability,” Cai explained. “This in turn will transition our industry into an all online world with ultra-high speed massive connections and low latency, allowing all of us to be fully prepared for the large-scale arrival of applications for cellular IoT (Internet of Things).” IMG_7632

Huawei expects new technologies such as virtual reality, smart metering and drones to become much more prominent in people’s regular home and working lives over the next five years.

Cai explained that 4.5G can help support these new technologies by delivering up to 1Gbps bandwidth on mobile networks. It can also handle 100,000 connections per cell, which is 100 times more than 4G.

Huawei expects 4.5G to be deployed commercially by 2016, with Cai adding: “In the next five years, 4.5G will accelerate incredible industry wide developments, create new and exciting business opportunities, and provide the ultimate user experience.”

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