Telus and Huawei Create “5G Living Lab” in Downtown Vancouver

by Istvan Fekete on November 13, 2015

Huawei and Telus will establish a “5G Living Lab” in downtown Vancouver, the Chinese telecom supplier has announced. The new project will test approaches to delivering a next-generation converged fibre-wireless network in the city, Huawei’s co-CEO said while guiding Premier of British Columbia Christy Clark around Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen.

On Huawei’s part, this project means a significant investment in designing, testing, and deploying new technologies, leading towards the development of next-gen 5G-based telecommunications networks.

“TELUS is recognized globally as one of the world’s most advanced telecommunications operators” said Ken Hu, Co-CEO, Huawei. “The opportunity to partner with TELUS to deploy innovative new technologies is critical to our global 5G research and development process and positions TELUS on the leading edge of next-generation telecommunications technology deployment.”

The deal follows Telus’ recent commitment to invest $1 billion to expand its fibre-optic network in Vancouver, the backbone of its forthcoming wireless speed upgrades. The two parties will help the city of Vancouver realizing its goal of becoming the world’s greenest city by 2020 by providing network capacity and speeds enabling “smart city” and other technology initiatives.

Telus Executive Vice President of Technology Strategy Eros Spadotto said this project will bring some of the most cutting-edge telecommunications technology available today to Vancouver. He emphasized the effort both Telus and Huawei are making to lay the groundwork for delivering a converged fibre-wireless network that will bring lightning-fast wireless speeds.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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