Chinese technology giant Huawei has announced it has successfully tested 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) Wi-Fi service in laboratory trials at its Shenzhen campus in China.
According to the company, the Wi-Fi prototype achieved a record transmission data rate of 10.53Gbps on 5GHz frequency bands — over 10 times faster than existing Wi-Fi capability commercially available today.
Huawei has predicted that ultrafast Wi-Fi could become commercially available from 2018, pending the agreement of global standards requirements and sufficient chipset availability.
"As the demand for ultra-fast connectivity for smartphone applications continues to drive the need for higher data transmission rates, the next generation of Wi-Fi access will need to deliver a better user experience, especially in densely populated environments requiring high density deployment such as enterprise offices, airports, stadiums, shopping malls, and coffee shops," the company said in a statement.
The prototype testing forms part of Huawei's next generation Wi-Fi technology research that was launched in 2010.
According to Huwai, the research is focused on new Wi-Fi architectures that would "break the logjam of classical Wi-Fi wideband radio and baseband processing to increase user data rates".
"By utilising innovative technologies such as MIMO-OFDA, intelligence spectrum allocation, interference coordination and hybrid access, the next generation of Wi-Fi networks will provide dense networking for ultra-hot-zone services with a tenfold increase in spectrum efficiency," the company said.
On the connection front, Huawei was banned by the previous Australian government to participate in the National Broadband Network (NBN), and Prime Minister Tony Abbott ruled out the prospect of reviewing that ban.
The ban was put in place by the former government on the advice of Australia's national security agencies over concerns about the company's alleged links to the Chinese government.
Huawei declined to comment on the news at the time, but in a letter to Huawei's Australian staff from its Australian chairman John Lord, the chairman said that all staff should "hold their heads up high" and be proud to be Huawei.
"Huawei's business in Australia has never been dependent on the NBN. Despite the NBN decision, last year was our most successful year to date and today Huawei's Australian business is bigger than ever," Lord said.