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Press Release -- December 23rd, 2013
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China Unicom Selects Huawei AtomCell Solution to Improve Network Coverage in Dense Urban Areas

[Harbin, China, December 20, 2013]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that China Unicom had chosen Huawei's AtomCell small cell solution to improve mobile network coverage in the city of Harbin

Network coverage quality for both outdoor and indoor environments in the deployed areas were greatly enhanced, meaning China Unicom is able to deliver higher data speeds and a more reliable network performance for its subscribers.

Growth in smart devices and bandwidth-heavy mobile broadband services has made it more difficult for operators in recent years to deliver the best possible end user experience everywhere their subscribers go.

Residential communities in dense urban areas have been particularly affected due to the complexity of providing greater network capacity deep through multiple walls (that constantly change) and without available space for additional rooftop sites.

China Unicom chose to deploy AtomCell to address these issues, employing a small cell network that uses the same frequency as its existing macro network without needing to invest in new transmission resources.

AtomCell supports both wired and wireless backhaul depending on operator needs to greatly site resource acquisition and shorten time for network construction, and supports end-to-end IP RAN networking. Its supporting wireless products are designed to accommodate flexibility in deployment, and feature a small size and light weight while being suitable for installation on walls or vertical polls.

In June of this year, Huawei jointly won an award with Vodafone Group for AtomCell in the category of “Best Innovation in Commercial Deployment” at the 2013 Small Cell World Summit in London. By the end of the first half 2013, AtomCell has also been deployed on a large-scale in Canada, Spain, South Korea and Mexico.

AtomCell is a part of Huawei's SoftMobile solution for building upon the successful foundation of SingleRAN amid industry movement away from voice-and-text, pure-pipe services to an era of data diversity and new vertical market revenue streams. SoftMobile provides ultra-broadband, orchestration and on-demand network features to leverage the creation of new mobile broadband business models.

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