[Shenzhen, China, February 19, 2015]: Huawei today announced release of the world’s first L-band antenna supporting Ultra Wide Band (UWB) and multi band. In addition to the major frequency bands at 700/800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz, the new antenna will enable deployment of the 1500MHz band.
Effective at delivering mobile broadband (MBB) services featuring strong capacity and large area coverage, even within buildings, utilization of L-band (1300-1518MHz) is forecast to grow rapidly in the coming years according to studies by the GSMA. Within the L-band range, the 1452-1492MHz band, in particular, has been gaining traction with regulators, including a recent decision in Europe to make this band available for mobile broadband.
For its part, Huawei began research on L-band antenna development in 2014, and becomes the first company to release an UWB and multi band antenna to support all major frequency bands and L-band within a single antenna. Planned for initial implementation in Europe, the antenna will greatly assist operators in the rapid deployment of MBB networks and also features the advantages of:
- One-time deployment: Deployment of a multi band, ultra wide band antenna eliminates the need for repeated site upgrades, reducing TCO (Total Cost of Operation);
- Fast capacity expansion: The antenna capacity is reserved for future expansion in order to satisfy the fast expansion requirement of newly added LTE frequency bands;
- Performance improvement: The legacy antenna system is replaced with a new antenna system to improve overall network performance and the user experience.
"Spectrum is king in the development of MBB, and L-band will play a critical role in the space in the coming years," said Zhou Taoyuan, President of Huawei’s Antenna Business Unit. "Designed to help operators deploy MBB networks more efficiently, Huawei’s new L-band supported antenna is an important addition to our ultra wide band and multi band antenna portfolio and testament to our continued leadership in wireless technology innovation."
In 2014, shipment of Huawei global antennas exceeded one million units, serving 16 of the world’s top 20 operators.