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 supplies these home gateway boxes to BT for the telco's fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments. FTTH provides faster speeds than FTTC connections — up to 100Mbps rather than up to 40Mbps — but also costs more to roll out.

    Photo credit: David Meyer

  • Huawei has also started to make equipment for the undersea cables that form the nervous system of the internet.

    Equipment such as this repeater forms a very small part of the Chinese manufacturer's business. However, its presence in Huawei's portfolio shows the company is extending further into the territory of western rivals such as Alcatel-Lucent.

    Huawei Marine, a joint venture between Huawei and Global Marine Systems, has already provided the 'Hannibal' link between Tunisia and Italy.

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  • Huawei hopes to get into the burgeoning tablet market with this device, the Ideos SmaKit S7.

    The Android 2.1 tablet has 3G connectivity and can be used as a very large phone with videoconferencing capabilities. Its 7-inch, 800x480-pixel screen is resistive, which means it can also be used for handwriting.

    ZDNet UK's brief hands-on experience with the device found the screen to be quite dull when compared with Apple's iPad. So far, the S7 has only been launched in Australia.

    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.