Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei Pitch 5G Radio Technologies
The path to 5G has been notable for the lack of acrimony over radio standards, but that doesn’t mean there’s no rivalry at all.
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. are pitching rival radio access technologies for 5G, but it’s not the kind of knock-‘em-down, drag-‘em-out fight which made 3G and 4G standard-setting so entertaining for bystanders.
AlcaLu is offering a technology called UF-OFDM, or Universal Filter OFDM, which it says can support low-bandwidth, low-powered IoT at one end of the scale and high-bandwidth video at the other.
Huawei is also proposing an enhancement on the OFDM wave form which it calls Filtered OFDM. Separately it is working on something called Sparse Code Multiple Access (SCMA).