Huawei wants to develop 5G network with Brunei

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Huawei Technologies officials giving an explanation on its 5G network capabilities on the sidelines of the SMART Forum recently held at the Empire Hotel and Country Club in Jerudong. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

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Huawei Technologies Co is keen to work with local telecommunication companies and authorities to set up a 5G network in Brunei.

Its Director of Industry Ecosystems Engagements Konesh Kocchal said the China firm is keen to share its network development capabilities and wants to discuss with relevant stakeholders on how to proceed with it.

Huawei has been developing the 5G network since several years ago, running large-scale research in South Korea and China to develop the systems needed to support the hi-tech infrastructure.

Stating improvements such as reduced data latencies and faster cloud-based computing, Kocchal hoped that the 5G network would allow for increased digitisation of manual processes, improves service speeds and strengthens security and efficiency in areas including finance and healthcare.

“When we have 5G, it should serve as an extension building upon current systems, where 4G is no longer sufficient, that’s where 5G should come in,” he said.

“Future success will depend on how we bridge the gaps between the nation, industry and end users. Are our products making a difference to people?” he added.

Huawei’s Director of Industry Ecosystems Engagements Konesh Kocchal speaking to The Bruneian. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

On a trial held in Hangzhou, China, Kocchal shared that Huawei’s system has shown promise with upload speeds of 1.2GB per second and download speeds of 1.4GB per second.

To achieve the standards set by the United Nations’ ITU agency for 5G networks, Huawei has been developing antennas capable of massive MIMO and 3D signal shaping technology.

AI integration and machine learning will likely play a role in signal management to end users to ensure the best possible signal quality, the director said.

On the user end, Huawei has also developed its own chipset, the Balong 5G01, capped at download speeds of over 2GB per second, being the third corporation to develop 5G silicon technology alongside Qualcomm and Intel.

The China firm also manufactured 5G routers for home wi-fi use, with tested speeds of up to 3.2GB per second.

Huawei has also developed partnerships with industry stakeholders such as Audi, Phillips and Bosch audio to further integrate 5G support in future products.

“It’s not just the telecommunication companies who could benefit from this but other industrial players as well – especially when Brunei is really heading towards becoming a “Smart Sustainable City”,” he said.

“That is why we want to have an open collaboration with stakeholders involved to see how we can utilise this technology better,”

“Brunei could be the first country in the region to adopt this network (and) we are excited to play a role in developing this technology with the country,” he added.

Huawei’s regional and local officials in a group photo. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Bruneian