Huawei and Russian network operator MegaFon are pooling their resources to develop 5G technology in time for a trial at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The partnership will see the creation of a test area where 5G trials can be conducted. The goal of this partnership is to create a 5G network by the end of June 2017, which will be available to guests at the 2018 World Cup.
It is not expected that 5G will be widely available until 2020 at the earliest, but these two companies are hoping that a combined effort will kickstart the adoption of the technology earlier. The pair will work together to determine what needs to be done to create a 5G network and will meet regularly to share progress on the standardisation of 5G technology.
President of Huawei products and solutions, Ryan Ding, said “With the help of MegaFon, we are confident of turning science-fiction-like service into 5G reality for citizens in Russia and soccer fans around the world, two years ahead of the industry's estimated 5G introduction date of 2020.”
Of course, Huawei and MegaFon aren’t alone in their work on 5G. Japanese network operator NTT Docomo has also announced that it wants to have 5G services running in time for the 2020 Olympic Games. The race for 5G connectivity is on!