Telefonica and Huawei will work together on a 5G mobile network after signing a Memorandum of Understanding.
The two companies agreed to jointly research the requirements of a 5G environment and the kind of infrastructure needed to deliver the enhanced connection speeds.
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Enrique Blanco, Telefonica Group CTO believes the focus on 5G should start now: ‘5G will have massive impact on the telecommunication industry and in society as a whole. Telefónica doesn´t want the 5G networks start-up to be a specific single event, but rather a process which we want to begin right now.’
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Huawei has demonstrated a long running commitment towards the research and development of a 5G networks, previously partnering with Telefonica and Samsung in 2012 to launch a research centre at the University of Surrey.
The innovation centre recently revealed ambitions to have a 5G network commericialised by 2020, but claimed this would only be possible through collaboration not competition.
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Speaking about Huawei’s latest partnership with Telefonica, David Wang, president of its Wireless Product Line said: ‘Telefónica has profound understanding of needs from the most valuable and profitable markets and subtle insights into the future trends of these needs.
‘Huawei now is investing a tremendous research effort into the 5G key enabling technology. Our collaboration with Telefónica is at the very heart of this commitment: to help build better connected societies, businesses and economies, and ensuring 5G success is essential in achieving this.’