Huawei brings the world’s first 5G device

Huawei has launched Huawei 5G customer-premises equipment (CPE), the world’s first commercial terminal device supporting the 3GPP telecommunication standard for 5G.

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Huawei has partnered with over 30 telecom carriers including Vodafone, Softbank, T-Mobile, BT, Telefonica, China Mobile and China Telecom. Huawei began testing 5G commercial networks with partners in 2017. Huawei completed interoperability testing and started offering the first round of 5G commercial networks in 2018.

Huawei uses its Balong 5G01 chipset – the world’s first commercial chipset supporting the 3GPP standard for 5G, with downlink speeds of up to 2.3Gbps.

Huawei chipset supports 5G across all frequency bands including sub-6GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) targeting multiple use cases. The Balong 5G01 makes Huawei the first company offering an end-to-end 5G solution through its network, devices and chipset-level capabilities.

Since 2009, Huawei has invested $600 million in research and development into 5G technologies.

Huawei 5G CPE has two models, low frequency (sub6GHz) 5G CPE and high frequency (mmWave) 5G CPE respectively.

Huawei low frequency 5G CPE is compatible with 4G and 5G networks, and offers download speeds of up to 2Gbps – 20 times that of 100Mbps fiber. The Huawei high frequency 5G CPE is available in indoor and outdoor units.

Reuters reported that Huawei is the world’s third biggest smartphone maker, trailing leaders Samsung and Apple, with a 10.2 percent market share in the fourth quarter, according to market surveys from IDC and Strategy Analytics.

“In the future, only three to four smartphone vendors can survive, maybe only less than four,” Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei’s consumer business group, said at the Mobile World Congress 2018.