Slowly but surely, the 5G mobile data revolution is climbing up out of the primordial soup of technological innovation and towards becoming an actual, usable standard. It's Huawei leading the charge -- after announcing it'd be investing in the University of Surrey's 5G Innovation Centre, it's now revealed that it plans to hold 5G trials during the 2018 Russia World Cup too.
Huawei will work alongside Russian network operator MegaFon for the trial, with the two companies sharing research and looking to nail down what would be required to standardise 5G connectivity. The pair will aim to have a test 5G network established by June 2017, ready for guests to use at the 2018 World Cup -- at least two years ahead of when 5G is expected to commercially roll out.
"With the help of MegaFon, we are confident of turning science-fiction-like service into 5G reality for citizens in Russia and soccer fans around the world, two years ahead of the industry's estimated 5G introduction date of 2020," said Ryan Ding, president of Huawei products and solutions. [Mobile World Live]