Telus, Huawei complete HetNet 5G tests

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James Pearce
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Canadian operator and Chinese vendor deployed a heterogeneous network in latest 5G lab tests

Canadian telecoms firm Telus has partnered with Huawei to deploy a heterogeneous network (HetNet) in a 5G lab in Vancouver.

Telus claims the HetNet will serve a key role in the development of the fifth generation of mobile technology (5G) by enabling seamless transitions between different types of cell. This will allow devices to move throughout the network.

The deployments took place in the two firm’s joint 5G Living Lab, which was launched last year and has already been used to carry out a number of network tests.

“The advancements we are making at the 5G Living Lab are laying the foundation for our next generation of wireless networks,” said Ibrahim Gedeon, TELUS’ Chief Technical Officer. 

“These ground-breaking trials will one day enable the likes of driverless cars; smart homes, businesses and cities; new innovations in healthcare; as well as yet-to-be-imagined applications, devices and services powered by dramatically faster and more reliable wireless connections.”

Telus and Huawei also demonstrated the enablement of a C-RAN across multiple 5G Living Lab sites in Vancouver. They claim to be operating the largest C-RAN deployment in North America.

It is the latest example of Huawei’s investment and research in to 5G technologies and follows recent trials with Deutsche Telekom. In 2014, it invested £5 million into 5G at the UK University of Surrey.