Huawei has partnered with EE and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI) to successfully complete LTE category 9 testing, which has achieved download speeds of up to 410Mbps. The trio described the breakthrough as a major step forward for the wireless industry as it strives to improve download speed and reliability.
The test utilised Huawei’s infrastructure solution across EE’s LTE-A ‘4G+’ network alongside QTI’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with integrated LTE-Advanced next-generation modem. Huawei and EE have a long-held technology partnership, with EE using Huawei technology to launch the UK’s first 4G LTE mobile network in 2012.
Category 9 technology will dramatically improve download speeds across wireless networks, according to the companies. For example, it will enable EE to aggregate 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum with another 20MHz of 2.6GHz, and a third carrier of 15MHz of 2.6GHz.
In working together in this kind of interoperability testing, Huawei, QTI and EE aim to help develop the technology that will deliver this service and eventually support commercial deployment.
“Huawei is dedicated to improving network capability across the UK – delivering fast speeds and more reliable connection to all mobile devices,” said Yang Chaobin, chief marketing officer of Huawei Wireless Network Business Unit.
“This test is a truly groundbreaking moment as we move towards the 5G era. The LTE Category 9 interoperability test is the first successfully completed trial of its kind in Europe and we’re proud to be working alongside Qualcomm Technologies and EE to drive future networks.”
“Working closely with the excellent teams at Qualcomm Technologies and Huawei on the next generation LTE Category 9 connectivity enables us to make full use of our spectrum holdings, and continue to offer world class network capabilities, innovating to stay one step ahead of operators in Europe,” said Tom Bennett, director of network services and devices at EE.
“Use of our remaining 15MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum enables both our fastest speeds and an increase in capacity across our network and this successful testing phase is a big step forward. We look forward to demonstrating this at Wembley Stadium early next year. ”
“We are excited to work with EE and Huawei in ushering in the latest evolution of wireless connectivity,” said Enrico Salvatori, senior vice president & president of Qualcomm Europe.
“Transitioning from Category 6 to Category 9 LTE-A connectivity will mean 1.5x faster peak download speeds, swift application response times, reliable connectivity and connections to the fastest networks.”