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    Huawei optimistic about 5G in Europe

    Huawei Chairman Liang Hua delivers a speech during Huawei's European Innovation Day in Rome, 7 November 2018

    Huawei held its annual European Innovation Day earlier this week in Rome. One of the key messages emphasised during the conference was its encouragement for European telecom companies to work closely together in order bring about a speedy and efficient implementation of 5G technology and innovation across Europe.

    In its sixth edition, the annual European Innovation Day took place on 7 November with the theme “Innovate for a digital Europe”.

    The event aims to bring together key stakeholders from both the private and public sector, including industry expert, academics, investors and media, in order to exchange ideas, share best practices and develop ideas for new partnerships.

    In one of the keynote speeches, Huawei Chairman Liang Hua highlighted the company’s commitment and ambition to play a key role in this context. “We are working to build digitalisation in Europe, and helping industry prepare for an intelligent world,” Liang said.

    “Huawei will continue to trust in the power of tech innovation, and in the power of openness and collaboration,” Liang added.

    The global telecom leader has been operating in Europe for almost 20 years, and recently announced the launch of the first 5G power solution in Europe, in partnership with Telecom Italy. The first city which this will be tested in will be Turin, Italy. The aim is for this to provide a case study for further improvements as the technology continues to be deployed in more areas.

    “As they say, all roads lead to Rome and ICT infrastructure is the foundation of those roads in the modern world,” Liang said. “Huawei’s focus is on ICT infrastructure and smart devices, working to build digitalisation in Europe and helping industry to prepare for an intelligent world.”

    Another main key speaker during the event was Turkish professor Erdal Arikan from the Bilkent University in Ankara, who is the inventor of Polar Code for G5

    Arikan spoke about the advantages of 5G and polar codes, highlighting that “Polar codes are the result of more than 20 years of basic research, which began at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).”

    He added that “like its predecessors [1G-4G], 5G will be able to channel voice, video and data, but at much faster speeds and while connecting a lot more devices at once, leading to the possibility of smart buildings, cities, and infrastructure, as well as large-scale industrial automation,”.

    Next year, a number of countries in Europe are expected to begin rolling out the 5G network, and Huawei has already announced the launch of its first 5G smartphone, which will be presented during the next edition of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, in February 2019.

    O. Apelblat
    The Brussels Times