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Huawei gets behind European 5G mobile rollout efforts

Antony Savvas | July 7, 2014
Chinese company has said it will be the first to provide 5G.

Huawei has joined the board of the 5G Infrastructure Association in Europe to help aid the rollout of the next generation mobile technology.

Huawei will be represented on the board by Dr David Soldani of the Huawei European Research Centre.

The 5G Infrastructure Association represents the interests of the 5G Public and Private Partnership (5G-PPP), a 1.4 billion (£1.14 billion) joint initiative between the European ICT industry and the European Commission. 5G-PPP aims to deliver "ubiquitous super-fast mobile connectivity" across Europe and elsewhere.

China's Huawei says it will place "significant effort" in driving 5G foundational technology research, tests and large scale trials, in collaboration with partners to "assess the technical feasibility and business viability" of new 5G technologies.

Earlier this year, Huawei said it expects to be the first company to provide 5G networks. Huawei is committed to investing at least 600 million (£490 million) by 2018 to fund research into 5G, which is expected to be commercially available by 2020.

The 5G Infrastructure Association is as an international non-profit association based in Gent, Belgium. The association conducts research on 5G communication systems and networks, the preparation of global standards related to 5G, as well as regulatory discussions on areas including future frequency bands.


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