TeliaSonera Norway and Huawei this week (15 December 2015) announced what they claim is the world's first and fastest LTE Advanced Pro (4.5G) demonstration over a live commercial network in Oslo, Norway. The two companies see this as an important milestone towards next year’s expected commercial availability of 4.5G.
TeliaSonera’s 4G network provides coverage to over 95% of the population in Norway today, and 4G+ to over one-fifth of the population. 4G and 4G+ offers speeds of up to 80 Mbps and 300 Mbps. 4.5G will provide speeds of up to 1 Gbps. That means users can download a 1GB movie in few seconds.
To achieve the high speeds shown in this week’s demonstration, four frequency bands were used simultaneously, and only frequencies already available for mobile communications were used: 800MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz.
HD voice, ultra-high definition video, smart home solutions and smart health applications are rapidly emerging. At the same time, the increasing number of connections and the need for higher speeds mean that even more advanced technology than today’s 4G is needed.
Huawei claimed that with the introduction of 4.5G technology, operators will be able to improve the user experience and support the increase of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as new mobile Internet applications, such as VR glasses and drone technology.
Abraham Foss, CEO of TeliaSonera Norway, said: “This is the future mobile network for the new generation telecommunications companies. TeliaSonera is an innovative company that will always strive to be in front of the development, and we are proud to cooperate with Huawei in Norway to develop and test this new technology. Our vision is to bring the world closer on the customer’s terms, and we will drive the digitalization and create value for both our customers and society.”
Huawei expects that the commercial deployment of 4.5G among operators will start from 2016.