back to article Huawei claims it’s ready to ship entire 5.5G networks – whatever they are – in 2024

Huawei has claimed it will offer everything a carrier needs to run a 5.5G network next year. Which sounds great – even if 5.5G is a little mysterious. 5g If you think 5G is overhyped, wait till you meet 5.5G READ MORE Huawei announced its future products at the Shanghai incarnation of Mobile World Congress on Thursday. The …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    Just keep saying "AI" a lot and people will love it

    Spot on.

    Besides, using pseudo-AI on a carrier network, to do what ? Encumber the pipes with useless stat-gathering commands and answers ?

    I say useless because that stuff should not be in the pipes. I don't know how the carriers gather the data they need to ensure everything is working properly, but I'm hoping that that analysis data is kept to a minimum as is. Slap today's marketing AI on it and the data usage will likely explode, maybe even resulting in loss of performance and/or bandwidth.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Just keep saying "AI" a lot and people will love it

      Tell me you don't know anything about telecoms, compression and routing algorithms and AI without telling me. You must be the kind or person that thinks AI=ChatGPT ;-)

  2. Avon B7

    No Surprises here

    Huawei has been using the 5.5G nomenclature to reference the next speed bump for 5G for some time now. MWC2023 (Barcelona) was full of it.

    It is just their way to reference use cases which require 10 Gbit/s transfers.

    They did exactly the same thing with '4.5G'.

    1. katrinab Silver badge

      Re: No Surprises here

      And with 2.5G (EDGE), and 3.5G (HSDPA)

      I have always understood x.5G to be the mid-generation speed boost, and I generally wait for that before upgrading from the previous G.

  3. IGotOut Silver badge

    Yet again...

    "Huawei, however, has been identified as a massive risk by many governments, which want its 5G and 4G kit disconnected and destroyed.".


    But the other 2/3rds of the world would rather use it for cost and performance reasons, and they trust the Chinese as much, if not more, than the USA.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Yet again...

      By other countries they mean Uncle Sam who has meticulously lobbying everyone around them

  4. martinusher Silver badge

    Whatever it is....

    Its called "Huawei has a marketing department, too".

    5G is evolving although its not delivering the immense boon of connectivity to World + Dog (yet) (see rest of Huawei presentation). But this is a trade show so expect a lot of glitz and glamor, hype and a lot of 'proof of concept'.

    Incidentally, given the track record of 'government' just taking on faith that Huawei is a "massive threat" isn't really doing much except spreading rumors and lies. We all know that the "massive threat" that the company posed wasn't to our security but the security of major 4G players who, having been left in the dust by a bunch of mere Chinese, used their lobbying and PR skills to bring down the competition. Anyone who's worked in these fields knows exactly how marketing works.....we're supposed to be technical on this site so we should be taking everything with a huge pinch of salt, not playing along.

  5. NoneSuch Silver badge

    I'm releasing my 5.6G alpha to GitHub as Open Source this evening.

    Sorry China.

  6. Nifty Silver badge

    Coming soon to a balloon near you.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Is 3G a thing yet?

    Be nice if the telcos finished the rollout of 3G before they move on to the next new and shiny?

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Minor text error......correction supplied......

    Quote: "...Huawei, however, has been identified as a massive risk by many governments..."

    Correction needed here: should read:

    - "...Cisco, however, has been identified as a massive risk by many governments.."


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