BT and Huawei embark on pioneering 5G research partnership
Two of the world’s leading communications companies - BT and Huawei – have come together to lead the global development of 5G mobile technologies. The new partnership will see the companies conduct pioneering joint research into 5G, considering how faster mobile communication technologies might be applied, as well as the technical and commercial feasibility of deploying them.
It is hoped the research will drive the development and standardization of 5G technologies throughout the industry. BT and Huawei will work together at the world leading BT Labs in Ipswich and other locations around the UK to explore various aspects of 5G, including: network architecture; a new air interface between devices and base stations; ‘network slicing’ - which will allow operators to apportion network resources to specific services; machine-to-machine communications in Internet of Things (IoT) applications; and security technologies.
The European Chamber, in cooperation with Roland Berger, today released its annual Business Confidence Survey 2016. The survey finds that Beijing’s failure so far to deliver on promises that foreign-invested enterprises will enjoy a more open, competitive market has fostered mounting pessimism: a significant 41% of European companies are now re-evaluating their China operations and planning to cut costs, including through headcount reduction.
Although 47% also report that they plan to expand their operations in China, this represents a thirty-nine point decrease from 2013, when an overwhelming 86% of European companies were intending to do so. However, a clear majority of European business would likely increase their investment in China in the event of market access barriers being removed.
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CBI member Huawei has made a contribution of £956 million to the U.K.’s GDP over the last three years (2012-2014) and currently supports 7,400 jobs directly and through its supply chain. The figures are among those found in an economic impact study commissioned by Huawei and conducted by Oxford Economics.
It is the first time Huawei has had its economic impact in any country independently audited. The impact study also assessed Huawei’s progress in reaching its target of spending £1.3 billion in the U.K. over the five years from 2013-2017, split equally between investment and procurement. Based on its analysis of Huawei’s activities, Oxford Economics concludes that, “Huawei is on track to meet this spending commitment.”
The five-year spending commitment was made in September 2012 by Huawei’s founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei, in a meeting with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron. Since 2012, Huawei has acquired the Cambridge-based Internet of Things company Neul, opened a new research and development (R&D) centre in Bristol, helped roll out 4G and broadband networks across the U.K. for customers including EE and BT, begun pioneering the development of 5G technologies, and increased its U.K. workforce from 781 to 1,030 people.
The company now has a presence at 15 locations across the U.K. Huawei’s total contribution to U.K. GDP grew by an average of 23.7% annually between 2012-2014, according to the impact study. Over that time, it sourced goods and services from suppliers based in 70% of the U.K.’s postcode areas, and it made a positive contribution to GDP and employment in all of the U.K.’s regions.
CBI member BT announced a five-year contract with GNET, China’s largest independent domestic provider of conferencing solutions, to provide BT’s audio conferencing solutions in China.
Audio conferencing services are a key collaboration tool for any international company looking to expand faster. By partnering with global leaders such as BT, GNET will be able to address increasing demand to support Chinese multinational companies (MNCs) in their global expansion and support BT’s global customers who are developing their presence in China.
Through this partnership, GNET will provide their customers with BT’s best-in-class audio conferencing portfolio, including BT MeetMe, which harnesses PSTN (Traditional fixed telephony) and IP access (Voice using the Internet or private data networks) to provide a very cost-effective service.
Kevin Taylor, President of BT Asia, Middle East, and Africa, said, “Today’s announcement marks a further step in the availability of our audio conferencing solutions in the Chinese market. This is the first time we have built such a partnership, which will increase the availability of high-end conferencing services to some of the most dynamic Chinese companies. Together we will provide them with the best possible customer experience.”
CBI member Huawei announced that Huawei Consumer Business Group had unveiled the Huawei P8 smartphone at the legendary Old Billingsgate, London’s renowned arts and fashion venue.
The Huawei 8 is a blend of technology, sleek styling, usability, and revolutionary low-light camera features. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said, “The goal of Huawei 8 is to become the most user-friendly smartphone for consumers globally. Through in-depth market research, Huawei has addressed the most pressing pain points for premium smartphone users today."
He added: "Huawei seamlessly combines the best elements of style and durability in this device, delivering a revolutionary user experience—especially in terms of camera capabilities and network connectivity. Based on the outstanding market performance of Huawei’s P series, we fully believe the Huawei P8 will become one of the most popular smartphones of 2015.”
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CBI member Coventry University launched a dual degree programme in China, delivered in collaboration with the South West University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL), which is ranked in the top five universities in China for its law programmes.
The undergraduate dual degree programme in Commercial Law was significantly oversubscribed, and has attracted 100 high-calibre students from 15 provinces across China. The degree will be taught at SWUPL’s new campus in Chongqing.
CBI member Alcatel-Lucent announced that China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile—the three biggest telecommunications service providers in China—had each chosen 7950 XRS (Extensible Routing System) from Alcatel-Lucent for their IP-based core networking needs in order to meet rapidly accelerating demand for fixed and mobile broadband access in China.
The 7950 XRS core router is the ‘traffic cop’ that directs data traffic at the heart of an IP network, handling multiple Terabits of data per second. The system provides operators with up to five times the data capacity of other core routers on the market.
China is anticipating massive growth of data and video in the coming years for residential and enterprise customers due to increasing demand for high-definition content, on-demand viewing, multi-screen delivery, the widespread use of smart-phones and tablets, and the rapid adoption of cloud applications.
The first scale commercial deployments of the 7950 XRS in China will enable China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile to address the expected explosion of demand for capacity over the next five years, as well as supporting the operators’ contributions to China’s national ‘Broadband China’ strategy.
The selection of the 7950 XRS was the result of a central bidding process for IP core routers. The deployments will mark the first scale commercial use of the system in China.