huawei beyond lte

Although the blazing fast LTE is still quite far from becoming a widely-available technology, while LTE Advanced is even farther from reaching the consumer market, it doesn’t mean that engineers aren’t looking for ways to come up with even faster data speeds. On that note, Huawei recently announced that they have developed a wireless technology that will enable peak transfer rates of about 30Gbps. This technology is being referred to as “Beyond LTE”.

While it is too soon to call it 5G technology, if the limited amount of specs Huawei have detailed for its “Beyond LTE” turn out to be real, it would seem like we are looking at a technology that delivers 20 times the speed of currently available LTE commercial networks, and up to 6 times the transfer rates of LTE Advanced. On a side note, it should be mentioned that less than 7% of smartphones sold in the US during Q4 2011 use LTE, as this recent study points out.

Unfortunately for spec buffs, Huawei has not detailed the exact bandwidth requirements. Instead, the official presentation focused on the relatively low power consumption rates (a problem that plagued some of the first LTE handsets) and implementation costs:

“Key features include: innovative antenna structure [that] greatly improves performance and meets wideband requirements [and] next generation direct radio frequency technology [that] reduces costs and power consumption, and realise ultra broadband carrier aggregation.”

The LTE technology uses 20MHz bands to ensure transfer rates of up to 300Mbps, while LTE Advanced (estimated to become commercially available somewhere around 2014) uses up to 100MHz of bandwidth to ensure download rates of about 3.3Gbps. Common sense dictates that Huawei’s Beyond LTE will use wider bands than both LTE and LTE Advanced, but I’m sure detailed specs on this new technology will surface soon enough. As you probably are accustomed by now, we’ll be here to report when that happens.

Obviously, Huawei has a lot of convincing to do ahead of them if they really want their “Beyond LTE” technology to be adopted as a 5G standard. Tech standards are historically not only about providing the best technology around, as the main factor in these situations rests in the number the major players one tech or the other is able to bring on-board.

Mike Andrici
Growing up in my father's PC store, I was surrounded by and developed a passion for technology ever since I was in kindergarten. However, advancements made in the technology world continue to amaze me on a daily basis! I've been writing about the Android OS since back in October 2008, when Google and HTC launched the first Android smartphone ever, the T-Mobile G1 / HTC Dream. Although I'm no company's fanboy, Android is the mobile OS I devoutly support.
  • Ran

    Please read this before you write anything with the words “4G” in it. We don’t have 4G yet and if the speeds this technology is capable of is true then it can be a candidate for 4G. LTE is NOT 4G, it might be once it matures and is capable of the speeds the 4G standard requires. Even mentioning the possibility of this thing being called 5G is just ridiculous and laughable and shows the lack of knowledge in terms of wireless technology.

    • Hi Ran, for the purpose of this article, we used 4G to refer to the LTE/ LTE A standards, because most of our readers associate the two technologies with 4G.

      And according to Wikipedia, “5G is not a term officially used for any particular specification or in any official document yet made public by telecommunication companies or standardization bodies”, so, for now, we can only speculate about which technologies will be included in the future 5G.

  • Guest

    > Huawei recently announced that they have developed a Wi-Fi technology

    Apparently no one at Android Authority knows the difference between “wi-fi connections”… and 4G LTE “cell tower” connections.

  • jwbam

    It’s not a new 5G standard – it’s new 10 Gigabit/sec ETHERNET ROUTERS for each CELL SITE to provide BACKHAUL.

    See the 15th March 2012 article that says SITE PEAK SPEEDS.