Indian mobile network operator Aircel and Chinese hardware vendor Huawei have completed a field trial of Time Division-Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) technology, the Times of India reports. It is understood that the trials were conducted over Aircel’s existing GSM/UMTS network using devices based on Qualcomm Incorporated’s multimode chipset. As part of the tests, Huawei and Qualcomm examined a number of live handover scenarios across GSM/UMTS/LTE technologies, while other high speed data services, such as video streaming, were demonstrated using the 4G technology. A Huawei spokesperson noted that during the trials a peak data transfer speed of 245Mbps was achieved. ‘The peak rate was achieved both in fixed and mobile condition of device moving at speed between three to five kilometres per hour,’ he said.
Having completed the project Huawei says it is now ready to deploy commercial TD-LTE infrastructure for mobile network operators in India, and commenting on the development Deng Taihua, the president of Huawei’s WiMAX and TD-LTE product line, added: ‘This first inter operability test on an existing UMTS network will stimulate the mobile broadband market in India, and show the way forward for the LTE industry.’