TNO and Huawei pilot LTE in the Netherlands
TNO will conduct in the coming months in cooperation with the Chinese Huawei a pilot with LTE, a new technology for mobile communications.
On the outskirts of Delft a network has been set up to test LTE technology and to explore opportunities in practice. In the pilot, a few players and user groups are involved.
Long Term Evolution (LTE) is a wireless broadband 4G technology. With a maximum theoretical download speed of 326 Mbps, it’s built for mobility and capacity.
As a fourth generation wireless technology, LTE promises unparalleled speeds in both uplink and downlink, thereby transforming our smartphones into truly portable broadband connections.
According to the Press release TNO and Huawei will launch a joint trial of new standard for mobile communication.
The worldwide roll-out of LTE is under way. LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and is the successor to the UMTS-HSPA standard. This new technology promises substantially faster data speeds at a lower cost price per Megabit. Thanks to the increased bandwidth, LTE offers new application possibilities for mobile communication. LTE is therefore a key enabler of innovation in mobile broadband.
In order to explore LTE technology and its possibilities, TNO is launching a trial in cooperation with the world leading ICT solution provider Huawei. A test network will be set up on the outskirts of Delft. A number of market players and user groups will take part in the study in the coming months.
LTE – the successor to UMTS technology LTE is regarded worldwide as the successor to the current UMTS-HSPA standard (WCDMA) for mobile communication. The new standard offers greater efficiency, network capacity and peak transmission in comparison to UMTS. The new technology enables substantially faster data speeds at a lower price per delivered Megabit. In Europe, LTE will operate on several frequency bands: 800, 900 and 1800 MHz and 2.6 GHZ. The expectation is that a number of mobile operators in the Netherlands will roll out LTE in the coming years.
The trial A great deal of technical and theoretical knowledge is available on the possibilities of LTE. In this trial TNO will test the performance of the new technology in the 800 and 1800 MHz bands. Huawei supplies TNO with the necessary base station and core network equipment. The study will look at, for example, what performance can be achieved with different network options, and which performance is needed to offer services such as broadband video. In addition, user groups will assess new application possibilities. Thanks to the increased capacity that LTE offers, it will be possible to develop new services and applications in the future. Examples include broadband video that enables the transmission of studio-quality live images, as well as high-quality live images for use by emergency services such as the police and fire service.
TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. TNO aims to utilise the knowledge obtained in the LTE pilot study to provide support to the public and private sectors in realising an optimum roll-out and implementation of the LTE network in the Netherlands. Through the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), TNO has long been involved with the development of this new standard, and has extensive technical and theoretical knowledge of LTE. In the context of the European SOCRATES programme, TNO has developed self-organising LTE-based networks to optimise network capacity, coverage and service quality at minimum cost.
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Through its dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, Huawei has established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. The company is committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions and services. Huawei’s products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population.
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