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Press Release -- September 29th, 2011
Source: Huawei

Softbank Group Company Selects Huawei to Power Its AXGP Commercial Network

Tokyo, Japan, 29,September, 2011: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that it has been selected by Wireless City Planning Inc. (WCP), a leading mobile operator, Softbank’s group company, to deploy the large scale LTE TDD compatible AXGP (Advanced eXtended Global Platform) commercial network in Japan.

At first, the new network will be launched in some parts of Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka. It is the fastest mobile broadband network in Japan, offering downlink data speeds of 110Mb/s to provide end users with the highest quality data service experience.

”We are excited about our new partnership with Huawei, and to tap on Huawei’s leadership and expertise in deploying its SingleRAN solution and other advanced mobile communications technology to build Japan’s fastest radio network,” said Mr. Junichi Miyakawa, Director and COO, WCP. “The AXGP network will yield significant competitive advantages for Softbank, and we expect the network to not only consolidate our market leadership but also significantly accelerate the commercialization of mobile broadband technology across Japan for the benefit of our subscribers.”

Taking into consideration the unique characteristics of each city, Huawei provided Softbank with its industry-leading SingleRAN solution, enabling fast and cost-effective deployment of the AXGP network, and ensuring that Softbank’s network is future-proof for the smooth evolution to LTE-Advanced. Highlight features include:

  • l The world’s smallest and lightest Broadband RRU (Radio Remote Unit) which supports 4T4R (four transmitters and four receivers) and multi-carrier beamforming. A single RRU can support 40MHz bandwidth and offer downlink data speeds of over 400Mb/s.
  • l BBU (Base Band Unit) “hotel” that significantly boosts operation and maintenance efficiency, and network performance.
  • l Leading AAS (Adaptive Antenna System) and RGPS (Remote GPS) technology to reduce network interference.

Wang Tao, President of Wireless Networks, Huawei, said: “We thank Softbank Group for its trust in Huawei and for selecting us to deploy its network in the most strategic cities in Japan. Huawei is confident that our end-to-end SingleRAN solutions, which are based on our strong R&D credentials and track record in delivering quality networks worldwide, will enable Softbank Group to offer its subscribers with the very best in mobile broadband services.”

In addition to radio access network solutions, Huawei also offers a suite of devices that allow more users to enjoy an enhanced mobile broadband experience. These include the LTE TDD/FDD dual-mode USB dongle (E398), LTE TDD/FDD/GSM/UMTS/CDMA multi-mode USB dongle (E392) and the world’s first LTE TDD smart phone.

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