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

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".


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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23 Comments

1. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

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

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Last years was so good :)

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

9. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

That's no fun man...

15. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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

16. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

18. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

20. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Nah I like to do things IN STYLE lol

21. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Do taiwan and US bandwidth match?

22. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

2. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

1st April

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

That's useful lol.

6. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

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

7. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Nice try phonearena.

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

10. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

12. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

You really start getting awful...

13. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Any real news today?

19. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Who wants to announce a product on April Fools?

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol you all fell for it.

17. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 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."

23. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

What in the literal fvck.....

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