Huawei Balong 5000 5G multi-mode modem with up to 6.5Gbps download speeds announced, 5G smartphones arriving at MWC 2019

Huawei at an event in China announced  Balong 5000, 5G multi-mode chipset and Huawei 5G CPE Pro. The Balong 5000  supports  smartphones, home broadband devices, vehicle-mounted devices, and 5G modules. The company says that it is the world’s first single-chip multi-mode modem that supports 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G.

At Sub-6 GHz (low-frequency bands, the main spectrum used for 5G), Balong 5000 can achieve download speeds up to 4.6 Gbps and can achieve download speeds up to 6.5 Gbps on mmWave spectrum (high-frequency bands used as extended spectrum for 5G).

Huawei says that this is the world’s first chipset that supports both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architectures for 5G. With non-standalone, 5G network architecture is built on top of legacy 4G LTE networks, whereas standalone 5G, as the name implies, will have its own independent architecture.

It is also the world’s first multi-mode chipset that supports Vehicle to Everything (V2X) communications, providing low-latency and highly reliable solutions for connected vehicles.

Huawei also confirmed that its 5G smartphones powered by Balong 5000 will be released at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

Huawei 5G CPE Pro

The Huawei 5G CPE Pro powered by Balong 5000 that was introduced alongside achieves a high speed of 3.2 Gbps in live network tests, supports both 4G and 5G wireless connections. “On a 5G network, a 1-GB HD video clip can be downloaded within three seconds, and 8K video can be streamed smoothly without lag, said the company.

Adopting new Wi-Fi 6 technology, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro delivers speeds of up to 4.8 Gbps. It is the first 5G CPE that supports HUAWEI HiLink protocols.

Commenting on the launch, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, said:

The Balong 5000 will open up a whole new world to consumers. It will enable everything to sense, and will provide the high-speed connections needed for pervasive intelligence. Powered by the Balong 5000, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro enables consumers to access networks more freely and enjoy an incredibly fast connected experience. Huawei has an integrated set of capabilities across chips, devices, cloud services, and networks. Building on these strengths, as the leader of the 5G era, we will bring an inspired, intelligent experience to global consumers in every aspect of their lives.

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