The fifth generation of mobile networks is bound to be much more secure than 4G on all relevant fronts, Huawei's rotating Chairman Eric Xu said earlier today. While speaking at this year's iteration of Mobile World Congress Shanghai, the industry veteran asserted Huawei is seeking to improve the security of its own telecom equipment with the advent of 5G so as to eventually utilize the wireless technology to its full potential. Huawei's near-term 5G plans are primarily centered on its home country of China, though the company will also be providing equipment to a number of other mobile service providers across the globe.
While the company's wireless ambitions previously encompassed the United States, such aspirations have been significantly scaled down in the first half of this year after stateside regulators and lawmakers even managed to block its attempt to release a single smartphone in partnership with AT&T, adding yet another episode to the long history of clashes with the Shenzhen, Guangdong-based company. Huawei profiled itself into a 5G pioneer alongside the likes of Nokia, Ericsson, and Qualcomm, with the company owning a number of major patents in the field. Mr. Xu on Wednesday said Huawei will be sticking with the principle of Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) licensing practices so as to provide interested companies with access to its solutions at standard prices. Ultimately, Huawei's technologies will be used to connect "hundreds of millions of devices" to the Internet, the executive predicted.
5G is still in its infancy, having only received its first standalone specification this spring, though large-scale deployment isn't expected to begin before next year, with the likes of the United States, South Korea, Japan, and China looking to spearhead the generational jump. Once available on a global level, 5G is set to allow for new technologies, consequently creating jobs and spurring economic growth. Experimental 5G deployment in the U.S. is set to start in the second half of this year, led by Verizon and AT&T.