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Staff writer
20 Dec 2012

LTE Innovation of the Year, Wireless Broadband Network Vendor of the Year, Core Network Vendor of the Year: Huawei Technologies

Huawei was recognized this year for its “No-Edge Networks” concept, which draws on various LTE, LTE-Advanced and future-oriented technologies, such as coordinated multipoint, adaptive inter cell interference coordination and turbo equalizer.

The company has deployed 47 commercial LTE networks and 36 commercial evolved packet core (EPC) networks and is working with 110 operators that have announced LTE launches or are committed to LTE. Commercial LTE services supported by Huawei include: Bharti, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat (including Mobily in Saudi Arabia) SoftBank, STC, Telefónica, Telenor, TeliaSonera and Vodafone.

The company worked with Vodafone to conduct world’s first inter-band LTE-A carrier aggregation (CA), with peak DL rates over 225 Mbps. Its also demonstrated the world’s first LTE-A CA based on LTE TDD with peak DL rates over 520 Mbps. In addition, it helped Vodafone implement a LTE-A HetNet solution on an LTE network in Spain that featured small base station products, cell radius virtual extensions and co-channel interference suppression.

Huawei introduced two new wireless broadband products to boost the capacity of mobile networks: the Adaptive Radio Unit and the AtomCell, which are part of its GigaSite suite of network equipment. The Adaptive Radio Unit integrates an adaptive antenna system and RF unit to simultaneously support beamforming and multi-sector networks, using the same space and antenna. This helps operators balance data traffic distribution in high-traffic or dense areas, without adding macro sites.

The company’s AtomCell is a compact, flexible and highly integrated small cell that functions as a complete base station. At the core of the AtomCell is the Atom, which combines power amplifier, radio frequency and baseband functionality.

Huawei also has a strategy to strengthen and broaden operators’ core business by providing future-proof convergent core network solutions. The end-to-end solutions are based on a unified ATCA platform and unified network operation management to help operators prepare for network transformation and bring down costs.

According to Infonetics, Huawei was the IMS CSCF market leader in Q2, with a 23.3% market share. It has signed more than 139 commercial and trial IMS contracts with telcos. Its equipment also supported 2.9 billion mobile softswitch subscribers (end of Q2) at 165 carriers in more than 100 countries.

Why they won

Huawei Technologies gets the nod for its “No Edge Networks” concept, which combines LTE, LTA-Advanced and future innovative technologies such as Coordinated Multipoint to ensure a seamless user experience. And it’s already trialed the technology on several commercial LTE networks.

Huawei also is a repeat winner for Wireless Broadband Network Vendor of the Year, thanks not only to the success of its SingleRAN solution, but also to new innovations such as its AtomCell small cell solution and its Adaptive Radio Unit, which helps operators to balance data traffic distribution in high-traffic areas.

In the core network category, the company impressed readers with its SingleCore core network solution, including modules for IMS, NGN and mobile softswitches, with a particular focus on its IMS solutions for PSTN migration and voice over broadband.


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