Alcatel-Lucent and China’s largest mobile operator China Mobile unveiled an new member of A-L’s lightRadio family during Mobile World Congress 2013. It will help accelerate deployment of 4G TD-LTE technology across China, as it continues to meet fast rising customer demand for mobile video and data.
lightRadio Metro Radio – co-developed by Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile - was launched at the Global TD-LTE Initiative’s (GTI) “TDD Night” at MWC in Barcelona.
Available now for large-scale commercial deployment in China Mobile’s first trial TD-LTE network, which spans 13 cities in China, lightRadio Metro Radio will bring high-performance 4G services to residents in densely populated areas of Shanghai, Nanjing and Qingdao, three of the fastest growing cities in China and indeed the world.
This will help to meet the ever-increasing demand for mobile Internet, video and data in the world’s largest smartphone market. China Mobile itself has over 722 million subscribers - over half of the total mobile subscriptions in the country.
Small cells are critical to the future of wireless broadband by enabling operators to continue to provide high-quality, consistent services to customers without the need to build costly, and sometimes logistically challenging, cell towers.
In China, lightRadio Metro Radio will be deployed in busy indoor and outdoor locations, such as shopping malls and stadiums where coverage can suffer either from the large number of consumers trying to access a network, or because the density of buildings impedes the radio signal.
In these locations it can be traditionally either too difficult or costly to deploy a macro cell base station. lightRadio Metro Radio will provide a cost-effective alternative.
Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile signed a co-creation agreement in January 2012 to conduct joint development and test activities on a series of lightRadio TD-LTE projects to speed the deployment of LTE in China. TD-LTE is the 4G standard developed for use across China, and it is now being adopted by operators across the globe.
lightRadio Metro Radio houses two lightRadio cubes, fully integrated with a directional antennae, allowing it to provide the coverage normally associated with a much bulkier, heavier remote radio unit linked to an external antenna via an RF coaxial cable.
Bill Huang, President of China Mobile Research Institute, said: ‘4G TD-LTE is undergoing the final large-scale tests before commercial deployment and once completed the active antennae like Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio Metro Radio will be key to rolling out this service to meet our customers’ needs wherever they are.’
Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio portfolio of products are designed to reduce the costs, power-consumption and size of LTE network elements, and help operators meet growing global demand for mobile video and data with increased speeds and performance.