Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communication technology (ICT) devices, has begun an end-to-end user trial for its “Wireless to the Home” (WTTx) 5G services.
The trial, for now, is confined within downtown Vancouver’s “5G Living Lab” and it is being conducted using a specially-designed 5G Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) unit. Telus, the fastest growing telecom company in Canada, has joined forces with Huawei to make the trial run of the still-nascent technology possible.
Huawei’s WTTx 5G technology, first of its kind in North America and one of the firsts worldwide, is compliant with the global 5G 3GPP standard. Participants in the ongoing trial include the Vancouver-based employees of Telus.
“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, chief technology officer at Telus.
He added: “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.”
It is worth noting here that the trial is a continuation of the successful 5G 3GPP mmWave tests that Huawei conducted in collaboration with Telus. If the current trial has similar success, Huawei will be one step closer to providing users with a fiber-like experience with their home network.
The initial phase of the trial commenced on Dec 4, 2017, which saw single-user download speeds go higher than 2 Gbps.