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Vancouver stages urban 5G wireless to the home trial

It is believed to be the first trial of its kind in North America and among the first globally

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The trial is being conducted in homes of Vancouver-based Telus employees
The trial is being conducted in homes of Vancouver-based Telus employees

Huawei has announced an urban trial of 5G wireless-to-the-home (WTTx) service using customer premise equipment (CPE) believed to the first trial of its kind in North America, and among the first globally.


The trials, which began in December 2017, are taking place in Huawei and telecoms firm Telus’ 5G living lab in downtown Vancouver and in Vancouver-based Telus employees’ homes based on the 5G 3GPP mmWave tests the companies conducted in June 2017.


The initial application has achieved single-user download speeds of more than 2 Gbps, the companies report.


“This trial represents continued progress toward the launch of 5G, as we start to replicate both the in-home experience and network footprint we will see when 5G becomes commercially available in the near future,” said Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO at TELUS.


“Wireless 5G services will generate tremendous benefits for consumers, operators, governments and more through the use of advanced IoT devices, big data applications, smart city systems and other technologies of the future.”


In addition to the 5G in-home equipment, the network utilises the 5G gNodeB and related elements built as part of the Telus/Huawei 5G living lab. The trial system operates on the 28GHz mmwave band with 800 MHz of bandwidth and includes many 3GPP key technologies, such as Massive MIMO, F-OFDM, and Polar Code.


According to the companies, 5G-capable wireless solutions have the potential to complement fibre-to-the-home (FTTx) solutions by providing an alternative “last-mile” solution consumer and business services.


In both urban and suburban regions, the ability to deploy 5G wireless solutions will help reduce costs for operators and increase accessibility of 5G for end customers. 5G networking equipment also requires a much smaller footprint than traditional mobile networks, reducing requirements for government approvals of new tower locations.


“mmWave technology will be an important tool in ensuring widespread deployment of 5G technology in Canada. Huawei’s 5G solutions and terminals will enable 5G coverage over a neighbourhood or small community cost effectively, while providing more convenient and high-speed home broadband Internet access services.” added Dr Wen Tong, Huawei Fellow, and CTO Huawei Wireless.


“This friendly user trial will drive the global 3GPP unified 5G standard and build a solid foundation for the 5G early commercialisation.”


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