Huawei wants to establish a “5G Living lab” in downtown Vancouver.
The telecommunications company announced a memorandum of understanding Telus. The project will test approaches to deliver a next-generation converged fibre-wireless network in Vancouver.
To support this ”Living Lab”, Huawei says it will be making a significant investment to design, test and deploy ground-breaking new technologies, leading towards the development of next-generation 5G based telecommunications networks.
This agreement follows Telus’ recently announced $1-billion investment to expand its fibre optic network in Vancouver. Huawei and Telus say they are helping the City of Vancouver deliver upon its goal of becoming the worlds’ greenest city by 2020 through providing network capacity and speed that will enable “smart city” and other sustainability-focused technology initiatives.
“Telus is recognized globally as one of the world’s most advanced telecommunications operators” said Ken Hu, Co-CEO, Huawei. “The opportunity to partner with Telus to deploy innovative new technologies is critical to our global 5G research and development process and positions Telus on the leading edge of next-generation telecommunications technology deployment.”
“This project will bring some of the most cutting-edge telecommunications technology available today to Vancouver, building upon our recently announced billion dollar investment to introduce fibre optic technology and further reinforcing our commitment to the city,” said Eros Spadotto, Executive Vice President of Technology Strategy for Telus.