LTE Watch: Huawei Takes a Bullet

A bullet train, that is, as the Chinese vendor explains how it deployed TD-LTE on the rails for the Shanghai Expo, amongst other LTE tidbits

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

September 14, 2010

2 Min Read
LTE Watch: Huawei Takes a Bullet

When people think of Long-Term Evolution as delivering fast wireless data they don't generally anticipate the signal keeping up with Web surfers traveling at 250MPH or more, but that's one of the applications that Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is now showing off for the Shanghai Expo in China.

  • The Australian division of Huawei has posted a news report from Sky News highlighting the operation of LTE on the "Maglev" bullet 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. (See LTE Watch: Huawei Rides the Rails.)

    Huawei says the most difficult challenge was enabling handover between the LTE base stations when the train gets to top speeds but is claiming an average of 20-Mbit/s downloads for passengers on the move. With such a quick train, the other problem might be getting your laptop to boot up before you've reached the airport. Watch the video below for more:

  • Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC), meanwhile, is lowering its LTE blinkers following its plans to buy out Infineon Technologies AG (NYSE/Frankfurt: IFX)'s wireless chip business. eWeek reports that Intel CEO Paul Otellini says the silicon giant "has to be agnostic on radios" and give their customers what they want. (See How Intel Can Avoid Botching Infineon.)

  • Looks like the San Jose, Calif., local government officials could wreck Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT)'s plans to become the prime mover in public safety LTE. The wonderfully named "Urgent Communications" writes that San Jose and Santa Clara officials are asking to "suspend or postpone" a $50 million grant for a public-safety Bay Area network that is supposed to go to Motorola "until questions about the procurement process are resolved."

  • There's an LTE Android in the works, according to Telecompaper. "Russian company Russian Technologies" is gearing up to produce one in 2011.

  • Reuters is reporting that LTE trials in India could start by year's end.

    — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

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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