Chinese telecoms equipment manufacturer Huawei has announced that it has conducted a successful Long Term Evolution (LTE) trial for Portuguese cellco Optimus. The trial achieved downlink speeds of 150Mbps, registering uplink speeds of 60Mbps. The trial follows Optimus’s 2010 decision to select Huawei’s SingleRAN solution to modernise its GSM infrastructure across Portugal. Under the terms of the contract, Huawei will install mobile base stations in 33 different regions. To date, Huawei has deployed more than 1,000 SingleRAN sites on behalf of Optimus. Huawei’s multi-mode base stations will enable a smooth migration to LTE, whilst SingleRAN technology leverages site resources and reduces the cost of network deployment, upgrades, operation and maintenance.
Jose Pinto Correia, chief technology officer for Optimus, commented: ‘Huawei’s SingleRAN platform enabled Optimus to achieve a step beyond in terms of network performance, while reducing the total cost of ownership. The Huawei team’s commitment and competence were crucial for the success of the project, reinforcing the long term partnership between the two companies. Our first LTE results are very promising and confirm the stability and high performance of Huawei’s solution, guaranteeing readiness for LTE deployment’.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in November 2010 Optimus CEO Miguel Almeida and his opposite number at Vodafone, Antonio Coimbra mooted the idea of sharing 4G infrastructure. Almeida suggested that regulator ANACOM could make the idea a reality, by forcing the country’s cellcos to share infrastructure in order to combat the effects of the recession. According to local press reports, ANACOM will launch a tender for LTE-suitable spectrum in 1Q11, but at the time of writing has not yet defined how the spectrum will be divided, or what kind of cost will be applied to the operators.