Huawei shows off 4G, fibre and Android

Huawei shows off 4G, fibre and Android

Summary: ZDNet UK has taken a tour of the Chinese manufacturer's Shenzhen campus, which highlights Huawei's latest kit for mobile operators as well as a range of its future technology

TOPICS: Emerging Tech

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  • Huawei is one of the world's leading telecoms equipment manufacturers, best known in the industry for its infrastructure kit and mobile broadband dongles. However, it is now also becoming a recognisable name in handsets and other smart devices.

    The company invited ZDNet UK out to China to visit its main campus in Shenzhen, where it showed off the latest gear it sells to operators and consumers, as well as the technology it hopes to provide in the future.

    The orange box in this picture is a prototype set-top box that acts as a home gateway for broadband connectivity. It also adds in a Wi-Fi router, a surveillance camera and a femtocell.

    Femtocells are effectively mini-masts for the home, designed to provide cellular coverage within buildings where an operator's main network struggles to reach. They use a fixed broadband connection for backhaul.

    Photo credit: David Meyer

  • This box is a Wi-Fi router that takes its connectivity from an operator's long-term evolution (LTE) network. This kind of 4G network is expected to begin rolling out in the UK after a spectrum auction has taken place in 2011.

    Once the LTE networks are in place, this sort of equipment could be used to bring high-speed wireless connectivity to building sites or other situations where ad-hoc networks need to be established.

    Photo credit: David Meyer

Topic: Emerging Tech

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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  • " FTTH provides faster speeds than FTTC connections — up to 100Mbps rather than up to 40Mbps — but also costs more to roll out."

    Well this statement ain't exactly true now is it, especially about the speed figures quoted.