Sunday, February 14, 2010

Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile Achieve 80 Mbps with TD-LTE

Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile have achieved 80Mbps downstream rates on a trial TD-LTE (time division duplex - long term evolution) network being installed to support the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.

The TD-LTE peak rates were achieved by using a single 20MHz spectrum band, carrying both the upstream and downstream traffic. The companies said this is an important differentiator versus previously announced breakthroughs in the FDD-LTE (frequency division duplex) space: the tests on China Mobile's TD-LTE network show its readiness to cope with very high bandwidth demands as well, all while using half of the spectrum FDD-LTE networks require to accommodate peak throughputs of 100 Mbps (downstream).

The World Expo 2010, which will open on May 1st with 70 million expected visitors, will provide a unique venue for all countries to demonstrate latest technological advances.

"These record speed rates on China Mobile's TD-LTE trial network highlight Alcatel-Lucent's commitment to providing our customers with an end-to-end LTE solution matching their specific spectrum and timing strategies," said Romano Valussi, president of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell and head of Alcatel-Lucent's China regional business unit.