LTE Watch: Huawei Rides the Rails

Huawei claims super-fast LTE deployment on Chinese bullet train

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

May 28, 2010

2 Min Read
LTE Watch: Huawei Rides the Rails

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is making some startling speed claims for its LTE testbed on the Chinese version of the bullet train, in this week's roundup of what's happening in the world of pre-4G technology.

Huawei has deployed an LTE network to support wireless connectivity on the fast MagLev train, which runs between the center of the Shanghai district of Pudong out to Pudong International Airport on 19 miles of magnetic track that "levitate" the train to achieve speeds in excess of 250 miles per hour. The company is claiming that its test can give passengers maximum uplink speeds of 50 Mbit/s with a 99.5 percent successful handover rate as the train speeds between cells.

ZDNet Australia took the 20-minute ride to test the network. It reports average downlink speeds of 46 Mbit/s and very few dropouts unless another train went past.

  • This is by no means the only test where Huawei is claiming to be on the leading edge of speeds offered over LTE. In its tests with mmO2 plc (NYSE/London: OOM) in the delightful British town of Swindon, Huawei is claiming maximum downlinks of 150 Mbit/s on the test network.

    O2 has put up a video about its tests with LTE so far:

Debate over whether Verizon Wireless should really move to tiered pricing for LTE is already heating up in the blogosphere. The operator actually only offers a maximum of 5 Gigabytes a month on its current mobile broadband laptop plan, so "unlimited" has always been a fluid concept in this sector. (See No Surprise: Verizon Talks Tiered Pricing for LTE.)

Surprising news from Pyramid Research suggests that the Middle East will surpass Europe in early adoption of LTE. "We expect LTE adoption in the region to reach 6.1 percent of all mobile subscriptions by 2014, due to strong growth of demand for data services, reliance on mobile rather than fixed access technologies, and the increasingly competitive approaches of the telecom regulators," Pyramid Research analyst Kerem Arsal says. One of the reasons driving strong expected LTE takeup in the region is the lack of wired broadband infrastructure for users that want fast connections.

Get more on LTE:

  • Openet: No M&A Talks UnderwayAircom: LTE Not Only OptionAricent Unveils Broad DaylightCiena Launches CN 5150

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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