[Johannesburg, South Africa, August 20, 2018] Huawei’s rotating Chairman Eric Xu says the global ICT company is committed to ensuring that 5G technologies – including polar code – creates greater value for the ICT industry and society as a whole.
He was speaking in Shenzhen where Huawei presented a special award to Turkish professor Dr. Erdal Arikan, the inventor of 5G polar codes, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of communications technology.
As the world gets ready to move to the next generation mobile network the old set of codes that had been running 3G and 4G will not support the faster 5G download speeds. Professor Arikan’s Polar Code and the “LDPC” (low-density parity check) coding method are the frontrunners for new global industry standards being overseen by the 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project)
“5G standards are the result of a worldwide effort to drive progress in basic research and wireless communications technology. For these standards to take shape, it took more than 10 years of hard work from tens of thousands of scientists and engineers, along with dozens of companies around the world. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Professor Arikan, as well as his peers in academia, fellow scientists, and Huawei employees who have all contributed to 5G.”
Huawei first came across the Bilkent University Professor’s coding method for 5G data transmission a decade ago. Polar codes significantly improve coding performance for 5G. At the same time, they reduce the complexity of design and ensure service quality.
According to Professor Arikan, the invention of polar codes was a group effort, one that testifies to the capabilities and innovation of his team. “It gives me pleasure to acknowledge that, without the vision and technical contributions of Huawei directors and engineers, polar codes would not have made it from lab to a standard in less than 10 years,” he added.
Huawei founder Mr Ren Zhengfei praised Professor Arikan for his work in 5G and said Huawei would take a page from his book, and keep working hard to make its own contribution to humanity.