NEC Corporation has announced its participation in a Long Term Evolution (LTE) field trial with Telefonica Moviles Argentina, which provides mobile services under the Movistar brand. The trials will be carried out by mid-December in Buenos Aires, and are the first in the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) band in Central and South America. The Japanese equipment vendor will provide a total LTE system, including terminals, base stations and core networks, and will also run mobility testing. ‘NEC is honoured to participate in these LTE field trials with Telefonica, which are a continuation of laboratory testing. We have successfully achieved approximately 100 testing items in the previous tests and we are confident that we can contribute to the success of this trial,’ said Kazuya Hashimoto, general manager of NEC’s Mobile Access Network Division. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, NEC and Telefonica’s Argentine unit carried out LTE laboratory trials in February and March 2010, with NEC providing a total LTE network system, comprising core network systems and wireless base stations. Around 100 test items were achieved while under a 20MHz bandwidth, including a peak download speed of 145Mbps while connecting with a simulator device. The trials also achieved a maximum downlink speed of 95Mbps using an LTE terminal.