Huawei, StarHub complete 1Gbps LTE-A trial

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Huawei and StarHub have completed a live demonstration of the world’s fastest 1Gbps indoor coverage network at the Pan Pacific Singapore.

The trial combined StarHub’s 55MHz of frequency spectrum across the 1800-MHz, 2100-MHz and 2600-MHz bands to deliver gigabit-bandwidth.

It used 4G LTE-Advanced base stations from Huawei that are no bigger than a ream of A4 paper. Other technological breakthroughs in small cell air interface that enabled higher 4G data rates include 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation, 3-component-carrier aggregation and Distributed MIMO.

This milestone comes after StarHub’s deployment of Huawei’s small cell solution as part of its 4G LTE-Advanced Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) upgrade at Marina Bay last year, to boost indoor network capacity and speeds for customers.

“We are happy that StarHub’s 4G LTE-Advanced network attained OpenSignal’s ‘Fastest Network with LTE’ title twice in a row, but there is more we can do to get better mileage out of our existing wireless spectrum,” said Mock Pak Lum, CTO of StarHub.

“We are closely tracking the development of this new small cell solution, to help us enhance network quality quickly and cost-efficiently, providing customers with much faster data speeds even within buildings and in crowded areas,” said the CTO.

David Zheng, VP of small cell product line at Huawei, said the continuous advancement of mobile network technologies offers tremendous opportunities for better service experience over apps on smart devices. “Indoor digital networks will be just as indispensable as running water and electricity for buildings."

Commercial trials of the solution are ongoing, and StarHub aims to deploy it when supported phone models reach Singapore’s shores.

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