Huawei has announced the launch of an end-to-end user trial for wireless-to-the-home (‘WTTx’) services using a specially-designed CPE (Customer Premise Equipment) unit ‘compliant with the global 5G 3GPP standard’ in downtown Vancouver’s ‘5G Living Lab’, a co-venture with network operator Telus. End-users can access speeds up to 2Gbps at home via the fixed-wireless trial network. ‘This trial represents continued progress toward the launch of 5G, as we start to replicate both the in-home experience and network footprint we will see when 5G becomes commercially available in the near future,’ said Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO at Telus.
The current trial is based on successful 5G 3GPP mmWave tests previously conducted by Telus and Huawei, providing home users with a ‘fibre-like experience’. The network utilises the 5G gNodeB and related elements built as part of the 5G Living Lab. The trial system operates on the 28GHz mmwave band with 800MHz of bandwidth and includes 3GPP key technologies such as Massive MIMO, F-OFDM, and Polar Code.