November 6, 2015
Huawei today announced a memorandum of understanding with Telus Communications Inc. to establish a “5G Living Lab.” The new project will test approaches to deliver a next-generation converged fiber wireless network in downtown Vancouver. The announcement was made during a visit by B.C. premier Christy Clark to Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen.
To support this ”Living Lab”, Huawei said it will be making a “significant investment to design, test and deploy ground-breaking new technologies, leading towards the development of next-generation 5G based telecommunications networks.”
This agreement follows Telus’ recently announced $1-billion investment to expand its fiber-optic network in Vancouver, which the company said will ultimately provide the backbone to support “highly efficient and lightning-fast wireless speeds as the development road maps for wireless and wireline networks converge around 5G concepts.”
Ken Hu, Co-CEO of Huawei said “the Telus partnership is “critical to our global 5G research and development process.
“This project will bring some of the most cutting-edge telecommunications technology available today to Vancouver, building upon our recently announced billion dollar investment to introduce fibre optic technology and further reinforcing our commitment to the city,” said Eros Spadotto, executive vice president of technology strategy for Telus.