Superfast 5G mobile network will allow one-second film downloads by 2020
A technology giant is to plough at least £370million into a superfast mobile network that will allow one-second film downloads.
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei says 5G technology could be 100 times faster than 4G networks now being rolled out by UK mobile operators.
Chief executive Eric Xu said the investment would help connect billions of extra devices – such as cars, meters, medical equipment and white goods – by 2020.
Predicting 6.5 billion people worldwide will be using mobiles by then, he said: “We have already achieved many technological breakthroughs in 5G research and innovation, but the majority of the work remains ahead of us.”
He added Huawei’s investment will “ensure that we are meeting the consumers’ demands for increasingly faster and better connections”.
The firm, which has its British HQ in Reading, Berks, employs almost 900 staff at 15 UK offices, including a research and development centre at Ipswich, Suffolk.
Huawei has provoked controversy in recent years and was recently banned from working on a new broadband network in Australia over cyber security concerns, which the company said were unjustified.
Britain’s national security adviser Sir Kim Darroch was tasked during the summer with investigating operations at the company’s cyber security evaluation centre – known as the Cell – in Banbury, Oxfordshire, following concern from MPs