(Yicai Global) Feb. 22 -- Huawei Technologies, the world's largest telecoms equipment maker, has made the world's first multi-operator 5G video call in tandem with three major British carriers.
Huawei Executive Director Ryan Ding made the call at a pre-Mobile World Congress event in London yesterday, linking up with BT, Three and Vodafone and demonstrating the United Kingdom is already well equipped for commercial 5G networks.
The show came just days before the MWC 2019 takes place in Barcelona from Feb. 25 to Feb. 28, where several other Chinese tech and telecoms manufacturers will be present. China Unicom, Oppo, Xiaomi, OnePlus and ZTE are all scheduled to attend.
The Shenzhen-based firm also used the build-up event to show off its RuralStar Lite technology, a slimmed down 5G base station allowing for portability that makes it ideal for remote areas and crowds. The company has reduced the initial outlay for the system to just USD20,000 -- which it expects would be returned in two years -- making network coverage in rural areas more commercially viable.
Huawei has penned 18 of its more than 30 commercial 5G contracts in Europe, and at the MWC it has plans to demonstrate some of its latest enterprise technologies, including minimalist 5G, softCOM artificial intelligence and its OceanStor Dorado all-flash storage, pegged as the world's fastest all-flash data storage system.
Editor: James Boynton