Huawei recently has quite a lot of public relations problems, which can translate into measurable financial looses. However, this does not prevent the Chinese in their mission to be a leader in 5G technology. Huawei has just demonstrated a home router 5G CPE Pro, which also supports Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax).
Many people are wondering how 5G technology will change our daily lives. This revolution will certainly not happen in the next year. Currently, operators are preparing to launch piloting 5G networks that will offer ultra-fast internet access. However, M2M (Machine to Machine) communication or V2X (Vehicle to Everything) as well as remote operations and ubiquitous wireless VR (or AR) are something that will slowly appear on the market within the next 5 years. However, the manufacturers of base stations and mobile chipsets are already thinking about this future. That’s why Huawei boasted the Balong 5000 modem, which supports 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G networks, and provides download speed up to 4.6 Gbps in sub-6 GHz band or up to 6.5 Gbps in mmWave spectrum. However, we are interested in the practical application of this modem, which was included in the Huawei 5G CPE Pro router.
Huawei 5G CPE Pro: home 5G router with Wi-Fi 6 support
Huawei assumes that their 5G router will be used in conjunction with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) networks. The whole thing makes sense, because the new Wi-Fi standard will not limit the speed of mobile connection. However, Huawei 5G CPE Pro can not yet use the full potential of Balong 5000 chipset. Router can download data via the 5G network with maximum 3.2 Gbps speed.
Problem with range?
Currently, owners of home mobile routers must try to find the best place for equipment placement by trial and error. That’s why Huawei has prepared a mobile application that will show the best location for the router.
Wi-Fi networks will not limit 5G performance
Huawei went all the way and immediately implemented the Wi-Fi 6 support in new router. It is very efficient and offers up to 4.8 Gbps transmission speed. However, I have the impression that the Chinese have given us marketing value. 4.8 Gbps most likely refers to the bit rate in the physical layer, not what the user can get in the upper layers of data transfer.
5G smartphones are coming
For now, Huawei showed us what their 5G router can do. During MWC 2019, in Barcelona, we will see the first 5G smartphones of a Chinese manufacturer. They will be equipped with the Balong 5000 modem and the Kirin 980 SoC.