Huawei chief touts 5G progress

first_img Previous ArticleChina Telecom calls for 5G collaborationNext ArticleBT CTIO cautions on convergence complexity Steve Costello 5GHuawei HomeMBBFORUM18 – News Huawei chief touts 5G progress Tags Related Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 20 NOV 2018 center_img Cloud and 5G bring the reality to AR and VR Author LIVE FROM HUAWEI GLOBAL MBB FORUM 2018, LONDON: Ken Hu, Huawei’s rotating chairman (pictured), kicked off this year’s event by providing an update on the path to 5G, stating the technology will deliver a revolution which will “bring new power to all ICT technologies, and trigger sweeping changes in business”.In the opening keynote, the executive said: “Generally speaking, the progress of the 5G network deployment is much faster than we expected 12 months ago. From every angle, 5G is ready: it is ready to use, standards are ready, and end-to-end solutions including the network equipment and devices are ready too. And the commercial deployment has started.”“At Huawei alone, we have shipped more than 10,000 5G base stations to Europe, the Middle East and China.” In total, 154 operators are testing 5G in 66 countries.“More importantly, the demand is here,” Hu said, noting that the most immediate use case is for fixed wireless access (which the vendor calls WTTx).“Right now there are 230 WTTx networks in the world, and they are using 4G networks to connect many homes. The business model for WTTx is mature and these networks are ready for 5G,” he said.5G transformationsHu also outlined five fundamental changes that will come alongside 5G. It will turn connectivity into a platform, providing seamless, ubiquitous and limitless connectivity for all people and things. And being online and connected “will be the default for everything”.Through the availability of high-speed connectivity, the cloud will provide massive computing power with instant transfer speeds and near-zero lag. This will mean intelligence is available on-demand, everywhere, creating new business models like Huawei’s Cloud X concept, with devices boosted by “inexhaustible cloud-based resources”.Devices will be redefined, as artificial intelligence (AI) turns them from “plug and play to plug and think”, with the ability to understand users more efficiently and interact in more natural ways: “I hope that we will see many new form factors with 5G devices, and we can expect many disruptions to existing electronic devices,” he said.And finally, 5G will enable a seamless experience, with Hu noting the current user experience is fragmented: “For example, when we go from our home, to the car, to the office, to the airport, our online experience doesn’t really travel with us. But in future, with 5G, the network will travel with you; your service and applications will travel with you, and your experience [will be] seamless. We believe that this kind of seamless experience will be fundamental to converging the digital and physical worlds”.CooperationOf course, there are still some barriers which need to be addressed around 5G network deployment. Availability of spectrum and challenges with site resources are at the forefront.“We believe 5G will make a big contribution to our society and it will be great if all of the stakeholders can work together to overcome all of those barriers. We need a joint effort,” he said. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Tapping digital to maximise progress on SDGs MBBFORUM18 – News Three UK: From building capacity to sci-filast_img read more

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Caves at old Roeland Park swimming pool site cannot be used; site still has development potential

first_imgA drawing of a possible development of an entertainment site using the old pool ground and the limestone caves. The drawing was done by Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt and introduced a year ago.The caves at the old Roeland Park swimming pool site are not going to be usable in a future development, according to engineering reports. But that does not mean the site cannot still be a suitable target for a redevelopment project.An interior shot of the caves.The caves – which are really the result of a limestone mining operation and not natural caves – once housed the locker rooms for the old Roeland Park swimming pool. When the pool closed, the entrances were blocked with fill dirt. The city council had appropriated money to clear the area and have engineers determine if the rooms could be used in a future redevelopment such as a retail or entertainment venue.Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt, an architect, had started the discussion nearly one year ago with a drawing that showed the possibility of redeveloping the pool site and incorporating the caves into a venue that included a large public gathering space.Once the brush was cleared from the pool site, engineers were able to enter the caves to make an assessment. That report indicated that the ceilings in the mine are not structurally able to support a redevelopment use, according to city administrator Keith Moody. The stone that has been subject to freeze and thaw cycles has been sloughing off and in several places shows water infiltration.That does not mean the site cannot be redeveloped, Mood said. “There’s no question that you can develop it.” The next step is to determine if the cave area would be brought down and removed or filled to make it stable to support a structure. The city will get cost estimates for both of those options.Between the level where the old pool was located and the top of the mine where the Roeland Park public works building sits is a 30-foot elevation difference. Moody pointed out that a multi-story building could have both a third floor entrance and a first floor entrance from different sides. Another option is to preserve the limestone walls as backdrop in a development.During the cave evaluation, it was found that an area public works uses for outdoor storage behind its building extends over the top of the domes in the mine. That area was marked off and will not be used any longer because of questions about structural integrity.See all the photos from the inside of the cave below:https://dfv6pkw99pxmo.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/10080615/Cave_PIcs_RP_doc.pdflast_img read more

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