China’s Huawei has revealed that, in partnership with EE, the largest British mobile operator by subscribers, and Qualcomm Technologies (QTI), it has successfully completed ‘LTE Category 9’ testing, achieving downlink speeds of up to 410Mbps. According to the vendor, the trials utilised Huawei technology across EE’s LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) infrastructure, while QTI’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (with integrated LTE-A next-generation modem) was also used.
With the company calling the development ‘a major step forward for the wireless industry as it strives to improve download speed and reliability’, Yang Chaobin, chief marketing officer of Huawei’s Wireless Network Business Unit added: ‘The LTE Category 9 interoperability test is the first successfully completed trial of its kind in Europe and we’re proud to be working alongside Qualcomm Technologies and EE to drive future networks.’
With Category 9 technology expected to dramatically improve download speeds across wireless networks, it was noted that it will, for example, enable EE to aggregate 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum with two further 20MHz and 15MHz blocks in the 2600MHz band. As such, EE’s director of network services and devices, Tom Bennett, noted: ‘Working closely with the excellent teams at Qualcomm Technologies and Huawei on the next generation LTE Category 9 connectivity enables us to make full use of our spectrum holdings, and continue to offer world class network capabilities, innovating to stay one step ahead of operators in Europe … Use of our remaining 15MHz of 2600MHz spectrum enables both our fastest speeds and an increase in capacity across our network and this successful testing phase is a big step forward. We look forward to demonstrating this at Wembley Stadium early next year.’