MWC 2012: ZTE unveils LTE-A inter-band dual-carrier base station and TD-LTE pico base station

Chinese manufacturer says its managed services CAGR between from 2007 to 2011 hit 81% as it launches a commercial LTE network in Angola

MWC 2012: ZTE unveils LTE-A inter-band dual-carrier base station and TD-LTE pico base station

ZTE debuted its LTE-A inter-band dual-carrier commercial base station at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Spain this week, along with the industry’s first TD-LTE pico base station.

The new LTE-A commercial base station is based on the company’s leading SDR hardware platform. It introduces inter-band carrier aggregation and MIMO (multiple input and multiple output) technologies. These technologies can double peak rate for individual users, enabling high-speed downloads of up to 270Mbps in the downlink and meeting growing data service demands. During the congress, ZTE also demonstrated the base station’s inter-band carrier aggregation capabilities on two bands: 20M 2.6G and 20M 1.8G.

As frequency resources are becoming increasingly valuable, carrier aggregation technology will help assist operators with separate and discontinuous frequency resources because it can aggregate multiple carriers and increase frequency utilisation rate. This technology also enables greater bandwidth, higher user throughput. In addition, it can solve the problem of rapid throughput decrease in the cell edge.     

TD-LTE multi-mode pico base station
The new TD-LTE pico base station is used to mitigate problems associated with rapidly increasing mobile service data requirements. It also provides comprehensive coverage and capacity offloading to supplement macro coverage. The base station can be deployed in hot spots, blind spots, cell-edge spots and indoors dependent on traffic. It is also compatible with micro, macro and Femto base stations.

The multi-mode pico is based on ZTE’s leading SDR platform and supports LTE and Wi-Fi simultaneously. Because of this, operators can configure the pico to work in Wi-Fi to attract users at the initial stages of LTE construction, and later transfer them to TD-LTE/Wi-Fi dual-mode as the LTE network matures. The Pico can also work in CPE mode and use TD-LTE as wireless backhaul while simultaneously working as a Wi-Fi access point. The relay-assisted product also enables operators that lack wireline backhaul resources to efficiently develop their advanced heterogeneous LTE networks.

‘The ZTE next-generation Pico is a unique base station that can be applied in various scenarios,’ said ZTE Vice President and General Manager of the TDD product line Scott Wang. ‘It reduces costs and provides wider coverage and higher throughput than other Pico products.’

Managed services CAGR hits 81%
ZTE also announced that its compound annual growth rate (CARG) for its managed services business was 81% from 2007 to 2011. The company claims this was the fastest in the industry.

‘We are focused on transforming the telecommunications industry,’ said ZTE’s Head of Professional Services Yang Jiaxiao. ‘In 2012, our managed services will be dedicated to improving end-user experiences by providing a full range of comprehensive service solutions across sectors.’

The company provides a range of wireless, wireline, access and bearer managed services for more than 100 million subscribers in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. ZTE has expanded its business scope through partnerships with multinational operators such as Telenor, Teliasonera, Telefonica, Orange, H3G, MTN, KPN, STC, ZAIN and others.

Movcel to launch commercial LTE network in Angola
Movicel, one of Africa’s largest GSM operators, announced this week that it will launch a commercial LTE network in Angola using ZTE’s Uni-RAN and Uni-Core solutions.

 ZTE will provide LTE equipment for key Movicel markets across the country. In addition, ZTE will upgrade Movicel’s current 3G core network to support LTE services. ZTE also will provide management and maintenance for the network.

ZTE said it has now won 30 commercial LTE contracts globally, and has deployed LTE network trials in cooperation with more than 100 operators around the globe, including H3G and Hi3G in Europe and Softbank and CSL in Asia.

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