Huawei Backs Chinese Students To Innovate In 5G

Huawei's Wen Tong and the competition's logo

Huawei has shown its commitment to innovation in 5G by backing a university competition in China focused on the next-generation network.

The 2015 5G Algorithm Innovation Competition, hosted by Altera, Xidian University, and Terasic, is the industry’s first to look solely at 5G and is also sponsored by Intel and Spreatrum along with Huawei.

“Huawei believes this event can help facilitate the collaborations among the key players in the industry”

It forms part of the already established ‘InnovateAsia 2015 FPGA Design Contest’. Student teams are encouraged to enter simulations and logical implementation schemes of 5G new air interface algorithm based on the three core 5G algorithms: SCMA (Sparse Code Multiple Access), F-OFDM (Filtered-OFDM), and Polar Code.

‘The key enabling technologies of this competition will lay a foundation in the emerging 5G air-interface standard,’ said Dr. Wen Tong, CTO of Huawei Wireless. ‘To realise this goal, we need the contribution from the entire ecosystem, and Huawei believes this event can help facilitate the collaborations among the key players in the industry as well as the academic research community.’

The Chinese giant’s CEO, Ken Hu, has previously claimed that ‘innovation will become the key driver behind 5G development market demand’ and the company’s actions in this instance suggests Hu is putting his money where his mouth is.

“university students… will be the ones helping make China a leader in the era of 5G

Xidian University vice-principal Professor Jiandong Li claimed that the competition would bridge interaction between academia and the industry and hopefully drive the development of a more mature 5G ecosystem.

‘We believe there are many outstanding talents interested in 5G technologies among the seven million Chinese university students,’ he added. ‘They will be the ones helping make China a leader in the era of 5G’.

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