LTE infrastructure and terminals rolled out in operator user trials and planned commercial deployments
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24 January 2011 – London, United Kingdom – Huawei, a leading global telecommunications solutions provider with partnerships with operators around the world, and 4M Wireless, the leading provider of LTE protocol stack software today announced that they are participating in Telefonica O2’s user trials in Germany. Huawei provides infrastructure for the trial and the user trials includes LTE terminals that use the 4M Wireless stack which are capable of LTE throughputs of 100Mbps/50Mbps DL/UL respectively and support FDD/TDD LTE. O2 commenced the user program on December 2010 offering consumers LTE devices, SIMs and connections as part of its initiative to provide LTE technology to the wider market and shall start commercial LTE in the first half of 2011.
O2 has completed technical trials in Germany and aims to offer commercial 800MHz and 2.6GHz services. The carrier intends to expand its LTE network in 2011 to target fixed and mobile broadband. The technical field trials were planned and tiered in accordance with rigorous industry standards. O2 has now progressed to user trials several weeks ago in which it provides consumers with a terminal that includes the 4M Wireless LTE protocol stack and the LTE network partners include Huawei Technologies.
Huawei shall initially provide LTE infrastructure for 18 sites which are capable of speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s, five times higher compared to the existing HSPA+ network, which has been deployed as a project a year ago. Due to the increase in capacity, users in rural areas will be able to access mobile broadband services for the first time. Combined with lower latency, customers can experience the benefits of broadband internet using LTE. In addition to the infrastructure provided, Huawei offers LTE USB stick which also supports access to HSPA, HSPA+, EDGE and GPRS networks. Huawei has also developed LTE routers that support WLAN and Fast Ethernet connections connecting up to 32 users via WLAN and up to four users via the LAN ports in the back of the device.
The 4M Wireless LTE protocol stack software is fully compliant with the 3GPP LTE Release 8 specifications supporting FDD/TDD variants of LTE. 4M Wireless also provides a comprehensive toolset and GUI which allows engineers to take real-time measurements see end-to-end messages between the network and terminal and carry out live debugging. As a result engineers can easily identify and quickly resolve technical issues in the field. The 4M Wireless PS100 LTE stack is licensed in several commercial terminal baseband solutions in use worldwide and is also the only available cellular stack currently undergoing both FDD and TDD field trials in Europe, USA and Asia. Upcoming activities include participation in China Mobile’s large scale commercial trials in up to 6 cities in 2011.