Huawei preps for MWC with 5G, 4K video announcements

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Huawei plans to reveal a new series of “5G-oriented” air interface technologies to help facilitate high-bandwidth IoT applications such as virtual reality.

The vendor said it had achieved “remarkable breakthroughs” in the areas of Sparse Code Multiple Access (SCMA) and Filtered-Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (F-OFDM) technologies, which it claimed could improve spectrum efficiency and reduce latency in IoT connections.

Huawei said it would unveil the new technologies at next month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, alongside a new 5G air interface architecture which it claimed could improve spectral efficiency by 200 percent, thanks to a new duplexing technology.

The news follows a series of announcements Huawei made this week during its MWC preview event in London, where the vendor revaled a new router capability for ultra-high definition (UHD) video streaming.

The vendor’s High Throughput Router (HTR), designed to support the age of “fixed and mobile content (FMC) 2.0”, is aimed at enhancing existing network technology by minimising bandwidth shrinkage and packet loss associated with video streaming.

According to Huawei, the technology allows throughput to be increased by up to three times - or around 80Mbps - to “guarantee” zero wait time, no image defects and no lag when streaming 2K video through mobile broadband, or 4K content through a fixed connection.

Huawei also said the tecnology's open interface would offer higher granularity for provisioning with service providers and OTT content owners, such as allowing them to remotely control network resources to offer UHD video acceleration for premium customers.

Jean-Claude Cabrol, Huawei’s Senior Director of Solutions Marketing, said: “Ultimately, HTR will enable UHD in existing video infrastructures despite the imperfections of those infrastructures, guaranteeing the investment protection for service providers, with minimal, incremental cost.”

Huawei also revealed a concept for a “4.5G” smartband featuring Neul components, alongside its FusionCloud Omni solution for providing interoperability between public and private cloud networks.

The vendor said the hybrid system offered a “self-service” solution based on OpenStack technology that enabled users connect multiple data centres without requiring the involvement of the cloud provider.

Explaining the concept, Ronald Raffenspurger, CTO Data Centre Solutions, said: “FusionCloud is Huawei’s internally developed cloud OS. It’s fully compatible with OpenStack which all of the operators have standardised as the framework to make sure they are not locked into vendors and have the kind of interoperability they’re looking for.”

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