Light Reading
But no one can use it just yet...

EE Switches On LTE-Advanced in UK

Ray Le Maistre
11/5/2013
50%
50%

LONDON -- Huawei Global Mobile Broadband Forum -- UK mobile operator EE has deployed, activated, and tested LTE-Advanced base stations in two sites in London ahead of service trials in December. It plans to expand its LTE-A coverage across the whole of the capital city in the coming months, the operator's CEO Olaf Swantee announced in London Tuesday.

But while the operator is claiming to have the fastest LTE-Advanced network in the world, with potential downlink speeds of 300 Mbit/s, no one can actually use it in anger -- yet. (See Euronews: EE Claims 4G World Record.)

EE, in collaboration with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., has upgraded to LTE-A to cover the immediate area where the Chinese vendor is holding its London customer conference, and also in the so-called Tech City area of the capital, where digital startups are setting up shop. Swantee said that during the past few days, EE and Huawei technicians had achieved actual downlink speeds of 296 Mbit/s over the LTE-A connections.

The next step is to set up user trials in Tech City, although this will involve fixed routers for devices, since the relevant smartphones are not yet available. "The challenge for the device-makers is the heat that is generated in the smartphones by such high-speed broadband services," noted the CEO, "and it's not really possible to build them with [cooling] fans," quipped the Dutchman.

Those trials will start in December, after which EE will roll out LTE-Advanced across London, a process that involves the deployment of new antennas as well as network upgrades. The operator expects to have mobile WiFi devices that can hook up to the new network by the second quarter of 2014. Smartphones (that don't overheat) should be available during the second half of next year.

In the meantime, EE already has more than 1 million regular LTE customers and has upgraded its network to enable downlink speeds of up to 30 Mbit/s. It is now offering its 4G service in 131 towns and cities across the UK, with Bath and Chester to be added this week. (See EE Feels the Squeeze in Q3 , Q&A: EE Evolves Its 4G LTE Strategy, and Euronews: EE Sees 4G Take-up Double in Q2.)

Is there really that much of a need to rush into LTE-A? Swantee says user demands, especially from business customers, are driving the strategy, citing consumer and business video as well as heavy-duty business applications such as access to ERP systems as drivers for faster speeds and greater capacity.

But it's not just about business customer demands. "It's not just for technofreaks. Data usage is set to rise by 750 percent during the next three years," noted Swantee.

—Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

(1)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Ray@LR
50%
50%
Ray@LR,
User Rank: Blogger
11/6/2013 | 4:46:14 AM
LTE-Advanced - when mobile kicks fixed b'band hard?
As Swantee noted, one of the biggest challenges with LTE-Advanced is going to be the smartphones -- but in the meantime, LTE-A is REALLY getting into te territory of fixed broadband replacement.... that could be an interesting development for the fixed line firms and a marketing opportunity for the mobile operators (bundle a fixed router with a smatrphone?)
Flash Poll
From The Founder
Is your network built on 'The Old IP,' or are you part of 'The New IP' revolution?
LRTV Documentaries
A Cultural Shift for an OTT World

9|26|14   |   01:41   |   (3) comments


Telcos need to embrace a new approach to partnerships if they are to generate extra revenues quickly and give customers what they want.
LRTV Documentaries
New Skills Needed as Telecom, IT Collide

9|26|14   |   4:07   |   (1) comment


As telecom and IT collide, new technologies are emerging, new skills are needed and new opportunities for women are arising.
UBB Forum News
Do IP Networks Need An Overhaul?

9|25|14   |   02:01   |   (0) comments


As traffic levels ramp, do IP networks need new technologies and topologies?
LRTV Documentaries
Sprint Wields Its Influence in the Valley

9|25|14   |   3:09   |   (10) comments


Anne-Louise Kardas, Sprint's connection to startups in the Valley, explains how telcos can be innovative and find new opportunities with partners.
LRTV Documentaries
SDN, NFV & The Future of XO's Network

9|25|14   |   3:47   |   (0) comments


XO Communications COO Don MacNeil explains how cloud, SDN and NFV are altering its network requirements as well as changing data centers of the future.
UBB Forum News
The OTT Conundrum

9|24|14   |   01:39   |   (0) comments


What is holding back prosperous partnerships between telcos and the OTT players?
LRTV Documentaries
Putting Broadband to Work

9|24|14   |   01:26   |   (0) comments


High-speed broadband network rollout is key to telco strategies, but it's what happens after the network is built that counts.
Light Reedy
Light Reading's Women in Telecom Recap

9|24|14   |   0:55   |   (4) comments


Our first Women in Telecom breakfast was a huge success, and we hope you'll join us in London for the next event on November 6.
UBB Forum News
Monetizing Ultra-Broadband

9|24|14   |   01:43   |   (2) comments


Ultra-broadband networks need to be built, with fiber-to-the-premises the ultimate goal, but they need to be monetized, too.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Sales Director of INIT on Plug & Play Switch Devices

9|19|14   |   3:21   |   (0) comments


INIT Italy uses both the Huawei S5700 and S7700 series switches for the campus LAN environment. Sales Director Andrea Curti says their company chose these Huawei devices over others because of their performance, flexible scalability and plug-and-play features.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Saudi Arabia Upgrades Vocational Training System

9|19|14   |   3:31   |   (0) comments


The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) has 100,000 students, 150 government-owned institutions and oversees 1000 private institutes. The CIO of TVTC explains that Huawei devices have allowed them to manage multiple datacenters using just one software program, scientifically tracking the progress of students and teachers, saving them millions.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Media Solutions Are Here to Stay

9|19|14   |   4:35   |   (0) comments


The current media revolution requires rapid upgrades in technology. New formats (HD, 3D, 4K etc.) and the subsequent explosion of file sizes demand sophisticated network and storage architecture. Social media and the multiple distribution channels require a robust asset management system. Gartner analyst Venecia Liu speaks about the current technological trends in ...
Upcoming Live Events
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Half of the world's population will be connected to the Internet by 2017, but not just by smartphones and desktops.
Hot Topics
Facebook Pokes Around LTE Direct
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/25/2014
Sprint Wields Its Influence in the Valley
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/25/2014
US Ignite Cultivates Gigabit Apps
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, 9/25/2014
Comcast Turns Off Streampix
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 9/26/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed