[Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 4, 2014]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that at the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, Mr. Ying Weimin, President of Huawei GSM, UMTS and LTE Wireless Networks said to the audience:”LTE operators around the world need to deploy ‘no-edge’ LTE networks if they are to take advantage of the growing market for high-speed data. Furthermore, they need to start now, because the optimum evolution to a no-edge LTE network is a three stage development.” As part of Mr. Ying’s keynote speech, which focused on Huawei’s”No-Edge LTE” strategy for opening up high-growth markets, he called out Everything Everywhere (EE) in the UK and LG Uplus in South Korea as leaders in the deployment of ‘no-edge LTE’ and offered them as models of success for others in the industry to follow.
No-edge LTE provides a better user experience that is consistent and this is critical for any operator that wants to develop their LTE business. Huawei has a three-phase approach to help customers successfully deploy a No-Edge LTE network:
- Phase One: Achieve full LTE coverage as quickly as possible.
- Phase Two: Build a high-quality network that delivers a seamless HD experience to the end user anytime and anywhere.
- Phase Three: Build an ultra-capacity platform to provide customers with the ability to expand their business to vertical and horizontal markets through the openness of network capability.
Ying Weimin said:”The leading UK operator, EE is a great LTE success story. Back in 2012, EE started their LTE business, providing LTE services to12 large cities, including London. Gradually, they expanded their LTE footprint to smaller towns and villages. That LTE network roll out is expected to be complete by the end of this year. What we have hear from EE is that, for the first time, their 4G subscriber base is exceeding their 3G subscriber base, and with that, 4G data consumption is increasing 66% year-over-year. In fact, by the end of the first quarter of this year, EE’s number of 4G subscribers reached 2.9 million and that number is expected to grow to 6 million by the end of 2014. That kind of growth is astounding, and it is demonstrates the tremendous business opportunity that LTE can create for the operators who are able to rapidly respond to market demand.”
“Another LTE success story is that of South Korea-based operator, LG Uplus. Having achieved full LTE coverage in Korea within 9 months of the initial roll out in early 2012, LG Uplus is widely regarded as the world’s first nationwide LTE network. With cutting-edge network technology from Huawei, LG Uplus launched a 2CC carrier aggregation in July 2013, and is preparing to launch a 3CC carrier aggregation later this year. Not only has this resulted in LG Uplus growing their LTE user penetration to more than 60%, the carrier’s ARPU (average revenue per user) is ranked number one in the Korean market,” Ying Weimin added.
By May 2014, Huawei had won more than 290 commercial LTE network contracts and deployed 141 commercial LTE networks worldwide. With a global business footprint on six continents, Huawei LTE covers more than 100 capitals and nine top global financial centers.