[New Delhi, India, August, 09, 2011]: Aircel, a leading telecom player with Pan-India operations and Huawei, a leading global Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions provider, have jointly conducted the world's first GSM/UMTS/LTE-TDD trial on Aircel's existing GSM/UMTS network in India using devices that is based on Qualcomm Incorporated's MDM9600™ multimode chipset. The success of this trial is a key milestone for the development of LTE-TDD ecosystem.
The trial was conducted using Huawei's convergent end-to-end system and Qualcomm's MDM9600 multimode chipset on Aircel's existing GSM/UMTS network. During this trial Huawei and Qualcomm jointly executed Inter-RAT (Inter-Radio Access Technology）related cases covering multiple live handover scenarios across GSM/UMTS/LTE technologies. During the trial, other high speed data services were demonstrated, including video streaming via YouTube, video on demand and high definition video surveillance, which met the key performance indicators (KPIs) expected from an LTE-TDD system.
This convergent GSM/UMTS/LTE-TDD end-to-end solution is based on Huawei's SingleRAN, SingleCore network and multimode devices. The trial used Huawei E392, which is the world's first LTE-TDD/FDD/UMTS/GSM/CDMA multi-mode USB dongle The trial covered end-to-end interoperability of services & applications, radio access and core network. Following this milestone, Huawei is now ready to deploy commercial LTE-TDD network for GSM/UMTS mobile operators in order to serve the ever-increasing demand for mobile broadband in India.
"Aircel is pleased to be the first telecom service provider to have successfully experienced LTE-TDD functionality using multimode devices based on Qualcomm's MDM9600 chipset in our GSM/UMTS/LTE-TDD network provided by Huawei at Hyderabad. It will further equip us to offer a rich mobile broadband experience to the subscribers. This milestone is a clear testimony of the technological leadership and focused approach of these solution providers in close co-operation with Aircel." said Mr. Mallikarjun Rao, CTO of Aircel.
"It is a pleasure for Huawei to have the opportunity to collaborate with Aircel. This trial shows Huawei's commercial readiness of our industry-leading LTE-TDD end-to-end solution which will help operators achieve business success," said Deng Taihua, president of WiMAX & TD-SCDMA & LTE-TDD, Huawei. "This first IOT on an existing UMTS network will stimulate the mobile broadband market in India, and show the way forward for the LTE industry."
"Qualcomm is pleased to have collaborated with Aircel and Huawei for this trial utilizing our MDM9600 multimode chipset. We are committed to establishing a strong LTE roadmap for both 3G HSPA and EV-DO operators, that utilises their existing investments to further the growth of mobile broadband in India," said Dr. Sandeep Sibal, Country Manager and Vice President-Business Development, Qualcomm India & South Asia. "Following the LTE mobility demonstration last year, this is another milestone towards our goals of developing the ecosystem for LTE TDD and accelerating the commercialization and deployment of LTE with 3G."
In this era of mobile broadband, operators are interested in deploying multi-mode networks to meet the increasing demand for high speed data services. The efficient inter-operability across networks will help operators reduce their network investments, operation & maintenance costs and ensure a rich mobile broadband experience for end users.