Huawei snags Shanghai Disney, touts 4.5G solutions

Just as Huawei touted its contributions to the European 5G Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP) initiative, it announced a string of 4.5G and 5G-related achievements, including one in which it will deploy new services based on 4.5G for the Shanghai Disney Resort and China Unicom Shanghai.

The plan with the Disney resort calls for deploying cellular Internet of Things (IoT) services, including smart parking and smart people flow management. Service applications, including 2K/4K video services, virtual reality and LTE-Vehicle, will be introduced within the next three years.

Previously, Huawei and China Unicom Shanghai launched a 4.5 G LTE-M pilot program, but this strategic cooperation agreement marks the beginning of the global commercial use of 4.5G. The announcement comes amid several Huawei made during this week's GSMA's Mobile World Congress Shanghai (MWC Shanghai) 2015. Huawei is a platinum partner for the event.

In the area of small cells, Huawei said it realized achievements in 4.5G/5G to speed up the delivery of mobile broadband services at gigabit-level bandwidth. The company also demonstrated its 5G technologies on LampSite and Book RRU solutions made possible through joint efforts with China Mobile.

Huawei said it has made a series of significant breakthroughs in air interface solutions applicable to small cells, including 256QAM modulation, carrier aggregation, Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA), and candidate technologies for 5G, enabling networks to deliver a data rate at the xGbit/s level.

"With these solutions, network gateways and core network elements are moved downstream, flattening the network architecture and shortening service delays to within 10ms," the company said in a press release. "A further Huawei innovation - Service Anchor - allows networks to provide capability openness functions, enabling a variety of value-added services based on high-accuracy indoor positioning technology and allowing subscribers to experience a service experience equivalent to 4.5G and 5G networks."

Huawei has been on a roll. Last week, it announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japan's SoftBank Group to cooperate on verification testing, technological evaluation and R&D of TDD+, which it describes as a 4.5G technology based on LTE TDD.

The China-headquartered vendor also has noted it is contributing toward five of 19 research projects being conducted as part of the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP). Rival European vendor Nokia Networks (NYSE:NOK) has been directly involved in five projects in the first phase of 5G-PPP, and Nokia acquisition target Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is participating in six of the programs.

Nokia also holds the chair position of the entire 5G-PPP Infrastructure Association Board and participates in several overall coordinating work groups of the 5G-PPP Initiative that are currently under formation, a company spokesperson confirmed to FierceWirelessTech.

Meanwhile, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) is spearheading 5G system development as coordinator of the new METIS-II EU project as it sets out to develop the overall 5G radio system design and roadmap recommendations. That project plays a key coordinating role within the 5G-PPP.

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