Vodafone tests 5G decoupling; launches 550Mbps LTE-A in Naples

21 Nov 2017

Vodafone Italy and Huawei say they are testing decoupling technology to improve the coverage range of future 5G networks. The firms are trialling uplink and downlink decoupling, which utilises a lower frequency range for the uplink connection and a higher range for the downlink. Vodafone says that the initiative has improved the uplink signal intensity by a factor of ten, while extending the coverage radius of the antennae.

Separately, Vodafone has introduced 550Mbps 4G LTE-A services in Naples, adding to its previous launches in Florence, Palermo, Milan, Verona, Turin and Bologna. Rome and Genoa are due to be covered by March 2018, the cellco says.

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