While most of us are either at 100 Mbps or even 50 Mbps LTE only, Huawei and British carrier EE today announced to launch the world's fastest 4G LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network. As of today, the service is available in London's foremost business cluster, Tech City, and is set to expand across London throughout 2014, delivering mobile broadband speeds of up to 300 Mbps. The speeds and capacity of the network are enabled by Carrier Aggregation (CA), a fundamental feature of LTE-A, which allows next-generation of wireless broadband network with around twice the speed possible through most current LTE mobile networks. This allows for the full utilization of spectrum resources across multiple frequency bands by bringing together 20 MHz of 1800 MHz "GSM" spectrum and 20 MHz of 2.6 GHz "LTE" spectrum.
As well as enabling high bandwidth, CA ensures backwards compatibility with LTE to facilitate a smooth, seamless migration. LTE-A expands and enhances standard LTE capabilities, allows for more flexible and effective spectrum utilization, and provides for a simpler network architecture; the technology empowers operators to provide high-performance mobile applications and multimedia including video conferencing, high-definition content transmissions, high-speed video downloads, and social networking.
In its press release, EE said the network, which has gone live today, will be available for an official customer trial in early December, offering mobile WiFi in offices in the Tech City area. However, while the network is now open and available, the terminals aren't. Huawei said in it press statement, that the first commercially available mobile WiFi units are expected to be introduced by Huawei in Q2-2014, with handsets to follow in the second half of the year. Huawei is already working with EE to deliver three LTE-enabled devices, which will enable the operator's customers to take advantage of superfast services running on the Huawei-built 4G network.
Cheers ~ Arne