Huawei Launches 5G Test Centre at University of Surrey

Huawei has celebrated with the University of Surrey and industry partners this week the official grand opening of the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at Surrey University’s campus in Guildford.

At the opening ceremony of the 5GIC, Huawei streamed Ultra-High-Definition (Ultra-HD 4K) video and a range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications over a 5G air interface on the test bed it has helped install on the University’s campus.

Developed in partnership with Huawei and the 5GIC, the Ultra-HD (4K) video was streamed to a mobile device over an enhanced outdoor mobile network – the test bed – which is a significant first step in delivering the expected capacity of 5G. In this test, a new 5G radio network architecture called Radio Computing Architecture (RCA) has been applied, with which the same resource pool can be sliced to accommodate different 5G applications, including self-driving vehicles, remote healthcare, smart city services and Ultra-HD video streaming, an innovative 5G radio access architecture to enable end-to-end “Network Slicing.”

Dr. Tong Wen, IEEE fellow, Huawei wireless CTO and 5G principal scientist said: “Huawei is very pleased to be working as part of the team at the 5GIC. We are committed to researching and developing future technologies that help build better connected societies, businesses and economies, and ensuring 5G is a success is essential in achieving this. Globally we will work closely with research institutions, operators and small enterprises, to turn the 5G dream into reality. The 5GIC will play an important role in this by helping us start testing foundational 5G technologies as early as possible.”

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Head of the 5G Innovation Centre, said: “We highly appreciate Huawei’s effort in supporting the 5GIC with the 5G test bed of a real-world setting. 5G will be achieved through global collaboration so that everyone benefits from working to a single standard. The opening of the centre today marks an important step in allowing our partners, other universities and the industry to test out new applications and technologies on the 5G test bed, before they are brought to market.”

Another technology demonstration focused on the requirement for 5G to provide the necessary “backbone” to connect the billions of devices which will form the future Internet of Things. At least 300 percent more uplink IoT devices can be connected with the same bandwidth compared to 4G/LTE, as shown in the field test of Sparse Code Multiple Access (SCMA). SCMA is a new type of multiple access technology, which can be integrated with F-OFDM (filtered-OFDM), Massive MIMO (Massive Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output Antenna Technologies) and other 5G foundational technologies.

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