More and more operators sign agreements with manufacturers of 5G base stations. Currently, there is no talk of contracts for the construction of the network yet. For now, we will be testing commercial equipment that supports the new technology. Huawei despite the problems in the United States is doing quite well in Europe. At MWC 2018 in Barcelona, Huawei and Bouygues Telecom announced an agreement on 5G tests to be held in France. Bordeaux will be the first city in which new technology will come.
Huawei, due to suspicion from the US security agency, do not count on contracts with American operators. However, the Chinese have long cooperated with mobile Internet providers from Asia and Europe. Regarding 5G tests in the Old Continent, we have heard so far about Huawei’s operations in Germany (together with T-Mobile) and in Italy (TIM and Fastweb operators). Now the French operator Bouygues Telecom and the British group British Telecom, which owns the EE network (Everything Everywhere), join this group. Huawei has cooperated with these operators before as part of the 4G LTE network.
Huawei will test 5G technology in the French city of Bordeaux
We have heard about some time ago that we will have to wait for 5G smartphones. This is also confirmed by the message from the Chinese base station manufacturer. The already mentioned 5G tests will be carried out using equipment compliant with 3GPP 5G NR Release 15, which was published at the end of last year. Bouygues Telecom and Huawei will conduct tests on both base stations, backbone network components and CPE subscriber devices (external antennas integrated with the cellular network modem). Thanks to this, the operator will be able to check how the new technology behaves on all sections of the network, starting with the operator’s servers and ending with the device in the customer’s home. Declarations of this type outline what the first years of 5G network development in Europe will look like. Operators will use the new technology to provide a mobile home Internet service that will be able to compete with landline connections. 5G can be an ideal complement to fiber-optic networks, the construction of which requires expensive investments in residential buildings.
Source: RCR Wireless