Dubai, UAE, June 16, 2013]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, recently concluded its first ever Middle East 3.5GHz Roundtable in Dubai for industry leaders to collaborate on the development of the 3.5 GHz LTE mobile broadband ecosystem.
The roundtable was the first event of its kind in the region, was organized with the support of Mr. Philip Marnick, Chairman of the 3.5GHz Interest Group, and built upon the success of the sixth 3.5GHz Roundtable held at Mobile World Congress 2013 this past spring. Participants in the roundtable also included senior executives of leading operators from across the Middle East and Northern Africa region and other industry heavyweights.
The one-day Middle East roundtable aimed to accelerate the development and maturity of the 3.5 GHz industry chain through in-depth explorations of current operator key requirements. The agenda included debate about the unique role of 3.5 GHz spectrum in the Middle East, 400 MHz wide-bandwidth availability, and 3.5 GHz spectrum business models for mobile and fixed broadband. The 3.5GHz WiMAX to LTE “revolution” and what it means for operators and their subscribers alike was also discussed.
Global harmonization of 3.5 GHz spectrum was emphasized to support a single ecosystem, particularly for chipsets and terminal devices. A device booth was set up to demonstrate a commitment to 3.5 GHz-enabled devices like multi-band and multi-mode MiFi, USB dongles and CPE.
Mr. Pan En, Vice President of Huawei Middle East, said: “We have seen great progress in the development of the 3.5 GHz ecosystem globally and believe that the coming year will be an exciting period for the Middle East with new commercial launches and more consumers benefitting from mobile and fixed wireless services using 3.5 GHz LTE technologies.”
In June 2012, the 3.5 GHz Interest Group was formally established in Hangzhou, China. Membership of the Interest Group has rapidly expanded to include members from every continent. Since its founding, the 3.5 GHz Interest Group has helped established large bandwidth bands 42 and 43 as core LTE TDD bands due to their ability to satisfy significant increases in data traffic demands.
Huawei has helped drive the global development of 3.5 GHz network infrastructure and the commercial viability of compatible chipsets and devices. Just last year, Huawei launched the world’s first commercial 3.5GHz LTE TDD network in partnership with UK Broadband.