BT and Huawei Technologies have entered into a new partnership under which they intend to ‘conduct pioneering joint research into 5G, considering how faster mobile communication technologies might be applied, as well as the technical and commercial feasibility of deploying them’. Under the plans, BT and Huawei will work together at the former’s BT Labs in Ipswich and other locations around the UK to explore various aspects of 5G, including: network architecture; a new air interface between devices and base stations; network slicing; machine-to-machine (M2M) communications in Internet of Things (IoT) applications; and security technologies. The companies said they hope that this research will drive the development and standardisation of 5G technologies throughout the industry.
BT CEO Gavin Patterson said of the tie-up: ‘We are determined to maximise the potential of 5G for our customers, so collaborative research has a key role to play as the technology develops. This partnership with Huawei will see us explore the potential uses and make sure 5G is designed to meet the needs of our consumer and business customers throughout the world.’