Huawei revealed the construction of a Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) lab that will allow operators and equipment manufacturers on three continents to trial NFV, software defined networking (SDN) and cloud computing technologies.
When you're the host of the party, it's natural to take the stage at some point, which is exactly what Huawei's rotating CEO did when the company hosted the second day of the Global Mobile Broadband (MBB) Forum 2014, supported by the GSMA and the China Academy of Telecommunication Research of MIIT, in Shanghai, China.
Huawei is getting even deeper into 5G waters, inking a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MegaFon in Russia, with plans to demonstrate 5G in a trial during the FIFA World Cup in 2018.
Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes said that the vendor is "back in the game" in terms of competing with its top rivals and that the company is looking, like other gear makers, for non-carriers customers. After skirting with financial disaster and undergoing a massive restructuring, Combes seemed to be brimming with confidence about Alcatel-Lucent's prospects.
Huawei's been making a lot of noise about 5G lately, so it's no surprise that rival ZTE would want to get in on the action. The Chinese vendor provided updates on its vision for "pre5G" at an international meeting of industry officials.
ZTE revealed further progress in Europe after its local German subsidiary scored two managed services deals with operators in the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
Huawei plans to invest £5 million (€6.3 million/$7.9 million) in the University of Surrey's 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC), which is currently one of the leading 5G research initiatives in the world alongside other government, industry, and university-led programmes in the European Union, China, Japan, South Korea and the U.S.
Given Huawei's stated desire to be perceived as a European company, it's not a big surprise to hear the company is investing heavily in a 5G test bed at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England.
Huawei, China Telecom Fujian (Fujian Telecom) and China Telecom Beijing Research Institute have teamed up to deliver a transport software-defineable network (T-SDN), which is focused on delivering private line bandwidth on demand (BoD) over a transport network.
Huawei's deployment of a Wi-Fi network for the Washington Redskins at FedExField in Landover, Md., is just one of several stadium projects for the infrastructure vendor.