Huawei Builds a Large Scale 5G Testbed in a Real-Life Environment in Munich

26 February 2015

[Munich, Germany, 26 February 2015] Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, is accomplishing a crucial step in making the 5th generation of wireless systems (5G) a reality for Europe. In cooperation with the Bavarian State Government, City of Munich, Technische Universität München (TUM), and M-Net, Huawei is building the 5G Vertical Industry Accelerator (5G VIA), a large experimental system for testing promising 5G communication concepts.

Huawei has recently revealed plans to invest US$600M in research and innovation into 5G technologies by 2018. The Munich 5G VIA testbed will be an important part of this process. Namely, most of the research work on 5G throughout the world has focused so far on developing generic concepts for 5G communication. The 5G VIA experimental system will enable researchers to test the developed algorithms in real-world environments and specific scenarios envisaged for the vertical markets of the digital society beyond 2020. The testbed will be built with the crucial support from the Bavarian State Government, City of Munich, TUM and M-Net for the setup of trial sites in the city and the conduct of experiments.

The first trials were performed in December 2014 on Huawei ERC campus in Munich. The focus was put on demonstrating some of the key features of the new waveforms for the 5G air interface such as flexible fragmented spectrum usage and latency reduction, which can support versatile 5G application scenarios and ultimately render a 5G Service-Oriented Radio Network. As a prominent example we highlight E-health, where 5G technologies will play a crucial role in the progressive virtualization of health care and the strengthening of the self-management capabilities of patients and carers. In response to the latest German legislative activity on E-health, and the booming (medical) Internet of Things, Huawei and TUM are planning to set up joint activities at Klinikum rechts der Isar to continue the so far successful work at the forefront of digital health.

The Bavarian State Government welcomes the development of the testbed infrastructure. In Munich, Huawei is performing cutting-edge research and building up its permanent R&D center. Ilse Aigner, the Bavarian State Minister for Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, says, “The 5G testbed is important for future development. In particular, the applications within the framework of Industry 4.0 require efficient mobile communications.”

The Munich 5GVIA testbed is part of Huawei’s broader 5G research and innovation activities in Europe. Huawei European Research Center (ERC) in Munich participates as a member of the European research consortium METIS in the development of the key technology components for the new 5G air interface. The ERC is also one of the principal contributors in the Horizon 2020 and the advanced 5G infrastructure public-private partnership programme (5G PPP) funded by the European Commission, where it collaborates with major companies from various industry verticals.  Ultimately, the Munich 5GVIA testbed will become an innovation platform for global collaboration among the ecosystem partners, such as large private sector companies, SMEs, universities, and governments, in order to drive 5G technologies.

5G heralds the next generation of wireless networks that will power the technology of tomorrow. Huawei expects 5G to be deployed commercially by 2020. Compared with the 4G systems which are currently being deployed, 5G will, besides a significant capacity increase, enable lower latency of less than 1ms, yielding reaction times indiscernible to humans, ultra-reliable links, 1000-fold improvement in data transmission energy efficiency, and support for massive numbers of versatile devices including the estimated 50-100 billion internet-of-things connections by 2020. Correspondingly, 5G wireless communication will foster a significantly broader set of applications in areas such as internet-of-vehicles, factory automation, smart grid, healthcare, etc., unimaginable with the wireless technology of today, and it will revolutionise the corresponding industry verticals.

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