French telecom giant Orange Group and Huawei announced that they have signed a partnership to cooperate in 5G and cloudification. Teams of both companies will work together on these technologies and related use cases, in order to foster 5G innovation on three areas: infrastructure, operations, and ecosystem development.
As telecom partners would have to focus their preparations to 5G on three areas: infrastructure, operations, and ecosystem development, Huawei and Orange will cooperate on key 5G enabling technologies, such as: Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output); cloudification of the mobile network; Network Slicing; 4G and 5G power and channel sharing within spectrum bands. Both partners will also focus on specific 5G use cases: Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality; Ultra large Coverage for Africa; Energy Efficiency; and Fixed Mobile Convergence.
“Preparing network evolution from 4G to 5G is key for Orange,” said Alain Maloberti, Senior Vice President Orange Labs Networks at Orange. “We are happy to collaborate with Huawei on technological challenges that will make augmented and virtual reality future usages possible, as well as increase our mobile network performances such as very low latency and even higher throughput when and where it matters for our customers in Europe and in Africa.”
Zou Zhilei, President of Carrier Business Group, Huawei, added, “We are happy to announce a new step in our long-term cooperation with Orange Group, in mobile technologies and especially with 5G around the corner. Until today this cooperation has led to the successful introduction of new solutions, including 4G and 4.5G; and now we jointly explore the potential of 5G networks in order to make 5G a reality for Orange in the coming years. Also, it perfectly showcases our commitment with our top customers to help them build a better connected world.”