Huawei has released its first 5G customer-premises equipment at Mobile World Congress 2018. The company said this is the world’s first commercial terminal device supporting the 3GPP telecommunication standard for 5G. Huawei said the self-developed Balong 5G01 chipset is at the heart of the device, which supports theoretical downlink speeds of up to 2.3Gbps.
“It supports 5G across all frequency bands, including sub-6GHz and millimeter wave to offer a complete 5G solution,” said Huawei.
The Huawei 5G CPE comes in two models:
- Low frequency 5G CPE (sub-6 GHz)
- High frequency 5G CPE (mmWave)
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Sigfox has said it is battling to meet growth targets, due to the high expectations for alternative 5G-based services, Reuters reported. Competition from traditional carriers punting 5G as an Internet of Things solution, and the emerging technologies LoRa – backed by French carrier Orange – and NB-IoT – backed by Japan’s Softbank – are challenges it must face. The three companies specialise in building wireless networks that let devices connect to the Internet with low power requirements, allowing batteries to last years.
Although Sigfox missed revenue targets last year, CEO Ludovic Le Moan said they see good prospects for their technology and aim to break even in the fourth quarter of 2018.
If it achieves its goal, Sigfox could look at listing on a stock exchange, said Le Moan.
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Local telecommunications companies will continue their expansions into parallel markets, according to Africa Analysis managing director Dobek Pater. In an interview published in the City Press, Pater said Vodacom and MTN have been expanding into financial markets through insurance products and mobile money. Pater expects this trend to continue in 2018, along with the increased expansion of LTE-A coverage.
He predicted that South Africans may not pay for voice services in five years, and data would become the primary paid telecommunications service. Pater said the continued expansion of LTE-A services and the future implementation of 5G technology would also supplement high-speed fibre Internet, providing wider coverage at a lower cost of deployment. His comments come after MTN recently conducted it first 5G technology and applications trial at its head office in Johannesburg.
The trial was conducted in partnership with Ericsson, and MTN achieved a throughput of over 20Gbps with less than 5ms latency.