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Huawei’s 5G Thrust: Balong 5000 Chipset Announced

Just yesterday, Huawei has announced the Balong 5000, a 5G multi-mode chipset, which is to be implemented in the brand’s first commercial 5G device – the Huawei 5G CPE Pro. Aimed for a wide variety of users and usage applications, the Balong 5000 will benefit home broadband devices, vehicle-mounted devices, and 5G modules.

Huawei has worked on 5G networking as early as 2009, and is currently the world’s only vendor that can provide end-to-end 5G systems.

The Balong 5000. Image: Huawei

Bringing high-speed connectivity, Huawei projects that the Balong 5000 will especially benefit intelligence and make it more prevalent. Able to access 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G networks on a single chip, the Balong 5000 reduces latency and power consumption when networking on different modes while enhancing user experience even in the early stages of 5G adoption.

At sub-6GHz (the low-frequency bands mainly to be used on 5G networks), the Balong 5000 can achieve download speeds of up to 4.6Gbps. On high frequency bands like mmWave spectrum, the Balong 5000 can reach up to 6.5Gbps – about ten times faster than 4G networks in use today.

The Balong 5000 is also the world’s first chipset that support standalone and non-standalone network architectures for 5G. For non-standalone architectures, 5G networking builds upon existing 4G LTE networks, while standalone 5G is independent. This means the Balong  5000 can adapt to a variety of carrier requirements throughout the rollout of 5G networking.

The Huawei 5G CPE Pro is the brand’s first commercial 5G product, enabling homes and offices to access 5G networking speeds. Image: Huawei

With the increasing prevalence of smart cars, the Balong 5000 finds a special niche in being the world’s first multi-mode chipset that can support Vehicle to Everything (V2X) communication. This allows for low-latency and reliable networking and communication for connected vehicles.

Presently, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro supports both 4G and 5G networking. At its full extent, it can download a 1GB video clip within three seconds, and can stream 8K video without any lag. It is targetted at SMEs that require super-fast broadband access.

With Wi-Fi 6 technology, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro can reach transfer speeds of up to 4.8Gbps, and is the first 5G CPE (customer premises equipment) that can support Huawei HiLink protocols – and might be the future of 5G smart home networking.

Mobile phones featuring the Balong 5000 will be announced in this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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