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Huawei and ZTE announce plans to deploy a 5G network on Mars by 2020

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Huawei and ZTE announce plans to deploy a 5G network on Mars by 2020
At a joint press conference in the China National Space Administration's Beijing headquarters, Huawei and ZTE announced their intentions to deploy a planet-wide 5G telecommunications network on Mars by 2020. The roll-out will happen in consecutive stages, beginning with the Tharsis and Elysium provinces - home of the largest known volcanoes in the Solar System. It will then proceed with the ancient Hellas, Argyre, and Isidis impact basins, before carrying on to the Valles Marineris - a beautiful 4000km long system of interconnected canyons and roughs.

Eventually, China's 5G Martian efforts will reach the planet's famous polar ice caps as well. By then, the companies estimated, Mars' 5G network infrastructure should be fully operational and the majority of available spectrum allocated between the highest-bidding Earth carriers. The two telecoms promised that Mars' 5G network will offer the same astonishing speeds as its Earthly counterpart. However, they admitted that future subscribers in specific areas, such as the 22km-tall Olympus Mons, will have to rely on flying drones for coverage, which might result in slight speed drops – anywhere between 0.5 to 1Gbps, depending on weather conditions. While this was being discussed, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg chimed in via Google Hangouts to congratulate Huawei and ZTE for “bringing the power of the Internet” to “the next billion Martian people”, and voiced his desire to get involved with "the drone part".

Mars' 5G network will offer the same astonishing speeds as its Earthly counterpart


Aerial view of the Olympus Mons

Aerial view of the Olympus Mons

Dr. Wen Tong, Head of Wireless Research at Huawei, pointed out that deploying a robust telecommunications infrastructure across the Red Planet is of “utmost importance”, even more important than populating the celestial body first. “When the first of Earth's colonies sets foot on Martian soil,” he exclaimed, “we cannot afford to rob them of the opportunity to Instagram themselves, FaceTime their Earth relatives, and check-in on Foursquare right away, because someone said that laying down the 5G infrastructure is 'second priority'.” ZTE Chairman Hou Weigui added that the Martian effort is “an important step in ZTE's ongoing expansion across the Solar System.”

The two representatives declined to answer questions about how, exactly, they will accomplish building the necessary infrastructure. Naysayers have already begun debating whether the press conference was a staged April Fools event.

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posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:02 6

1. Duketytz (Posts: 467; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Hahaha we are still missing out on Sony for their April fool's joke!

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:06

4. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Last years was so good :)

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:10

5. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPRYB_PNWlA

LOL there it is!

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:42

9. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1268; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


What if Sony's April fool joke is sorry all Z2 have been destroyed due to a plant explosion.... and turn out to be real o.O

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:50

11. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


That's no fun man...

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 09:15 1

15. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1268; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Just joking here :P Getting my Z2 today when I pick up my mom from the airport. My cousin bought one for me in Taiwan. I think I'm lucky enough to have family member in Taiwan right now :D

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 09:21

16. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


GAAH SO LUCKY! Maybe I should check out some Taiwanese eDating sites and hope somebody brings me a Z2 lol.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 09:25

18. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1268; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Haha or you could get one on eBay from a Taiwanese sellers. :P

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 09:29 1

20. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Nah I like to do things IN STYLE lol

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 11:02

21. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Do taiwan and US bandwidth match?

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 12:36 1

22. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1268; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Yes and even compatible with AT&T's LTE as well

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:02

2. Eonnaydra (Posts: 204; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


1st April

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:06

3. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


That's useful lol.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:13

6. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 357; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Better than Nick T's, I wonder if Michael has anything planned for today...

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:32 1

7. PootisMan (Posts: 203; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Nice try phonearena.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:35 2

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Man these days people take april fool day too seriously. This one crossed all borders.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:42 1

10. chebner (Posts: 140; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Damn Martians! They get all the cool stuff first. Guess I'll have to move in with my best friend Marvin.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:51

12. MrKoles (Posts: 314; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


You really start getting awful...

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 08:54

13. medicci37 (Posts: 625; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Any real news today?

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 09:28 1

19. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 712; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Who wants to announce a product on April Fools?

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 09:12

14. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Lol you all fell for it.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 09:23

17. tokuzumi (Posts: 272; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


When I first read the title, I was thinking "WTF?" Then, I thought about the date, and my brain did a "Calm down, bro."

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 15:50

23. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 May 2012)


What in the literal fvck.....

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