Three UK, Huawei demo 5G home broadband, as EE conducts first 5G live broadcast

22 Nov 2018

Chinese vendor Huawei and Three UK have showcased a 5G home broadband demonstration using the latter’s 100MHz C-Band spectrum. The demo reportedly leveraged Huawei’s latest home broadband routers to allow attendees at the 2018 Huawei Mobile Broadband Forum to experience ultra-high speed 5G broadband services. The development follows successful pre-commercial network tests conducted by Huawei and Three earlier this year, and the pair are said to be planning to continue to work together to conduct further service tests in the UK, which are expected to be released to the public in ‘densely-populated urban areas and train stations’, ahead of the full commercial use of 5G networks in 2019.

Meanwhile, rival cellco EE has demonstrated its first live broadcast with remote production over 5G, while claiming that it will make the final of the FA-recognised EE Wembley Cup 2018 on 25 November 2018 – hopefully making it the world’s first live sporting event to be broadcast over 5G using remote production. Ahead of the live final, EE and BT Sport partnered to showcase the capability by delivering a live, two-way broadcast over 5G from Wembley Stadium to London’s ExCeL Exhibition Centre. The broadcast used EE’s 5G test network in the stadium, which utilises the operator’s 3.4GHz spectrum from its first next generation antenna in the stadium, connected to a 10Gbps backhaul link.