Sunday, 15 September 2019

Huawei: A multi-vendor environment is essential to drive innovation and keep the UK ahead of the 5G curve

By Chris Kelly, Total Telecom
Monday 17 June 19

Last week, I caught up with Huawei’s president for global government affairs, Victor Zhang, to discuss Huawei’s role in the UK’s 5G revolution and how he hopes to continue that relationship for decades to come

The UK has found itself as something of a leader in the 5G market, becoming one of the first countries in Europe to launch next generation mobile services. Do you expect to see the UK continue to lead on 5G? "5G is a really hot topic at the moment, whether from the technological perspective or the security perspective. "The UK has made the right decision from both a governmental and industry point of view. The government has focussed on a policy of 5G and full fibre on the fixed line side of things. This is very good practice and will help it deliver next generation, digital infrastructure. "We were excited to see that EE has launched 5G in the UK last month, making the UK one of the first countries in Europe to do so. This will help to build a leading position for the UK in terms of next generation mobile networks. We are a key partner of all the major mobile network operators – EE, Vodafone, Three and Telefonica [O2]. We are happy to see our customers continue to lead the rollout of 5G, particularly in Europe."   Huawei has been a key player in the UK's 5G rollout – what has been your proudest achievement? "5G is an evolution of 4G – it's not brand new. But make no mistake, 5G is different from 4G. 5G will address a number of issues. Firstly, connection; secondly, lower latency; and thirdly, most importantly is capacity. "Huawei started to invest in 5G 10 years ago. We put so much investment into the research and development process, as well as working with international standards bodies and our industry partners to develop the 5G ecosystem. Without this ecosystem…

The UK has found itself as something of a leader in the 5G market, becoming one of the first countries in Europe to launch next generation mobile services. Do you expect to see the UK continue to lead on 5G? "5G is a really hot topic at the moment, whether from the technological perspective or the security perspective. "The UK has made the right decision from both a governmental and industry point of view. The government has focussed on a policy of 5G and full fibre on the fixed line side of things. This is very good practice and will help it deliver next generation, digital infrastructure. "We were excited to see that EE has launched 5G in the UK last month, making the UK one of the first countries in Europe to do so. This will help to build a leading position for the UK in terms of next generation mobile networks. We are a key partner of all the major mobile network operators – EE, Vodafone, Three and Telefonica [O2]. We are happy to see our customers continue to lead the rollout of 5G, particularly in Europe."   Huawei has been a key player in the UK's 5G rollout – what has been your proudest achievement? "5G is an evolution of 4G – it's not brand new. But make no mistake, 5G is different from 4G. 5G will address a number of issues. Firstly, connection; secondly, lower latency; and thirdly, most importantly is capacity. "Huawei started to invest in 5G 10 years ago. We put so much investment into the research and development process, as well as working with international standards bodies and our industry partners to develop the 5G ecosystem. Without this ecosystem…

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