How Huawei’s non-core 5G network compares

The current set up

A mobile phone signal is transmitted from the phone to an antenna, where simple processing happens before it's passed through cables to the core, then the wider internet, before the same thing happens in reverse

500ms

response

time

1 The round-trip introduces

a delay, or latency, to communications

2

Antenna

3

Core servers

4

Internet

One possible 5G set-up

Under 5G, it's possible to move some of the ‘core’ servers to sit on the network edge, near the antennas. The US argues this could leave Huawei difficult to isolate from secure environments

5ms

response

time

1 Mobile user make

data request on

5G network

2

Some queries answered at edge

3

Core servers

4

Internet

The current set up

A mobile phone signal is transmitted from the phone to an antenna, where simple processing happens before it's passed through cables to the core, then the wider internet, before the same thing happens in reverse

500ms response time

1 The round-trip introduces a delay, or latency, to communications

2

3

4

Internet

Antenna

Core servers

One possible 5G set-up

Under 5G, it's possible to move some of the ‘core’ servers to sit on the network edge, near the antennas. The US argues this could leave Huawei difficult to isolate from secure environments

5ms response time

4

1 Mobile user make

data request on

5G network

2

3

Internet

Some queries answered at edge

Core servers