Huawei’s turn to herald 5G-PPP leadership

With the EC’s 5G-PPP selecting and kicking off 19 5G research projects on 1 July 2015, most of the vendors involved have been fanfaring their involvement in the relevant projects.

Ericsson, Nokia Networks and Alcatel-Lucent have all put out press releases hailing their leadership on this or that project.

Today it is Huawei’s turn, with the Chinese giant point out that it is leading work in four projects and participating in a fifth. Here are the five. It’s notable how much Huawei has been committing to European research in 5G, scotching a view that 5G research is in danger of becoming a regional competitions, with an Asian block lining up against European and (to a lesser extent) US efforts. Huwei is also involved in 5GIC in the UK, a testbed to work with vertical industries in Munich, and has committed to supporting all its European R&D efforts from a central European Research Institute in Belgium.

Huawei is leading all the following 5G-PPP projects, with the exception of METIS-II where co-ordination is being led by Ericsson:

  • METIS-II: Mobile and wireless communications enablers for twenty-twenty (2020) information society–II
  • FANTASTIC-5G: Flexible air interface for scalable service delivery within the wireless communications networks of the fifth generation
  • mmMAGIC: Millimetre-wave based mobile radio access networks for the fifth generation integrated communications
  • 5G-Xhaul: Dynamic reconfigurable optical-wireless backhaul/fronthaul with cognitive control plane for small cells and cloud-RANs
  • 5Gex: 5G Exchange, Multi-Domain Orchestration for Software Defined Infrastructures

The EU is providing EUR700 million to the 5G-PPP programme, with an expected EUR3.5 billion to come from private investment.