Huawei looks to give indoor mobile speeds a boost with LTE-Advanced

The network equipment used is capable of download speeds at up to 300Mbps

Huawei Technologies has conducted a real-world trial of LTE-Advanced that shows that much faster indoor cellular speeds may be around the corner.

The telecommunications equipment vendor conducted the trial with Singaporean network operator StarHub, using products capable of download speeds of up to 300Mbps. Early test results were promising, with users getting much faster downloads and better video quality than before, Huawei said without offering any details of the data rates achieved.

The speed increase is fueled by a technique called carrier aggregation, an LTE-Advanced technology that allows mobile operators to treat up to three radio channels in different frequency bands as if they were one.

The trial used Huawei's LampSite products, which are part of a new generation of indoor mobile network devices that support both cellular and Wi-Fi networks in one box, and use Power-over-Ethernet to lower installation costs.

Indoor coverage and data speeds have been getting more attention recently, in part thanks to a growing interest in using LTE in the 5GHz unlicensed band, which today is used by Wi-Fi networks. The move is controversial, as some fear that mobile operators' use of the frequency will degrade Wi-Fi performance.

Vendors such as Huawei seem intent on making LTE and Wi-Fi work well together, and standardization organization 3GPP has said that developing the underlying technology is a high priority. However, not everyone is convinced that enough is being done. There is a risk that especially pre-standard systems deployed ahead of coexistence work being done in the industry will negatively impact Wi-Fi users, industry group Wi-Fi Alliance said a statement last week.

At the end of 2014, 49 of the world's 360 or so LTE operators had LTE-Advanced networks in commercial operation. Even in countries where such networks are in operation, though, they are not extensive: North America has the largest population coverage at just 7.8 percent, according to ABI Research.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags telecommunication4gHuawei TechnologiesStarHub

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?