BT and Huawei partner to conduct ‘pioneering’ research into 5G

BT chief executive Gavin Patterson

BT to host Huawei at its development centre in Ipswich to explore various aspects of the technology

BT and Huawei have come together to conduct ‘pioneering’ new research to develop 5G mobile technology.

The two companies will explore how the faster network connection can be applied, as well as the technical and commercial advantages to supporting 5G connections.

BT will host Huawei at its development centre in Ipswich where they will explore various aspects of 5G such as the ability to use it for machine-to-machine (M2M), Internet of Things (IoT) and security technologies.

Joint research

BT CEO Gavin Patterson (pictured) said: “We are determined to maximise the potential of 5G for our customers, so collaborative research has a key role to play as the technology develops.

“The 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.”

Huawei Deputy Chairman of the Board Ken Hu added: “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.

A better connected UK

“Together we can explore the potential of 5G networks and analyse how this vital technology can best be delivered. We have operated in the UK for fifteen years and we look forward to continuing to help build a better connected UK in partnership with BT.”

The first 5G networks are due to be launched commercially next year throughout Europe, and worldwide by   around 2020 – including the UK.

In the UK, operators (including BT), manufacturers (Huawei, Samsung) have contributed more than £70 million of investment into 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey to ensure the country is prepared for the new technology.

The centre is home to more than 170 researchers and has attracted over £70 million of investment, which includes more than £12 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England. It is the world’s largest academic research centre dedicated to next generation mobile and wireless connectivity.