Telecom network vendor Huawei and Singaporean carrier SingTel have announced plans to launch a Fifth Generation (5G) Joint Innovation Program.
The initiative, unveiled at an international forum in Shanghai, China, will serve as a research hub for 5G mobile broadband technologies, said Huawei.
Both companies will set up a team to conduct the 5G trial that is touted to deliver the near-zero-delay and near-zero-distance experience to customers.
By 2020, 6.5 billion people worldwide will use mobile networks for data communications and that 100 billion additional products and devices, such as vehicles, home appliances, and medical devices, will also be connected via mobile networks.
SingTel CTO Tay Soo Meng said: “We are pleased to participate in this 5G Joint Innovation Program with Huawei to keep abreast and appreciate 5G technologies to ensure SingTel continue its technology leadership in the mobile communications domain as we move towards the 5G era.”
“5G will be the ultimate platform for a connected world bringing new innovations as well as creating new collaborations and new opportunities,” said Ryan Ding, president of Huawei Products and Solutions, in a press release.
The commercial operation of 5G services is expected to start globally by 2020, and is estimated to provide 1,000 times more capacity than current networks. Huawei has previously announced global plans to invest huge resources into the research and innovation of 5G technologies by 2018.