5G technology is the next generation of wireless communications. Set to be rolled out in 2020, the fifth generation wireless standard or 5G is tipped to be the mobile network for the internet of things and big data. 5G will outperform the current 4G and 4G LTE standards when it comes to download and upload speeds by up to 100 times. With 5G, data transmitted over wireless broadband connections could travel at rates as high as 20 Gbps by some estimates — exceeding wireline network speeds — as well as offer latency of 1 ms or lower for uses that require real-time feedback. The result will be faster and more reliable mobile connectivity.
According to the Qualcomm projects, by 2035, 5G will add $12.3 trillion annually to the global economy and support 22 million jobs by powering a vast array of applications ranging from entertainment to transportation to retail. This new-wave technology will be able to meet the vast requirements for additional data transmission capability that are expected in the coming years. Once the 5G transition is fully completed, it will transform the next wave of technological advances in AI, Machine Learning, Smart City Projects, Quantum Computing and Self-Driving Cars.
Huawei, the Biggest Player in the 5G Patent Race-
Chinese company Huawei is considered the market leader in the 5G technology. The licensing of 5G SEPs looks set to become a major trend not only for the smartphone industry but for any manufacturing sector where connectivity is important. And Huawei has invested enormously in acquiring 5G patents.
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Today, Huawei owns roughly 10 percent of the 1,450 5G patents filed according to a 2018 report by the U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission. Huawei has a pool of 74307 patents in different areas and around 43% of these are outside China. The vast majority of its patents are organically obtained by Huawei, either directly or through various subsidiary companies such as, for example, Futurewei Technologies.
“Huawei places great emphasis on research and development, so the creation of high patent numbers is a natural result,” said Dr. Song Liuping, Huawei Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. “These numbers may rise further as we increasingly participate in the setting of next-generation telecommunication standards such as 5G. Huawei will continue to invest in patent creation and filling to protect our intellectual property.”
The Domination of Huawei in the 5G Wireless Networks and Patenting-
Huawei has been pouring money into research on 5G wireless networks and patenting key technologies. The company has hired many experts from abroad as well to decide the technical standards for the next-generation wireless communication technology. By dominating 5G standards at international standard-setting agencies, Huawei could pocket licensing fees from mobile service providers and governments that use its 5G technology.
Huawei has earned customer recognition for outstanding 5G end-to-end capabilities. Huawei plans to launch a full range of Huawei commercial equipment including wireless access networks, core networks and devices among other offerings. It also plans to increase the number of NB-IoT connections in the world to more than 100bn by 2025.