The LTE-Advanced dual connectivity trial marks major milestone in 5G roadmap, supporting operators and improving customer experience
STEVENAGE, UK - Cobham Wireless today announced that it has
joined forces with China Mobile to trial an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A)
Dual Connectivity system for 4G and 5G networks.
The system demonstrates how throughput and capacity can be
improved across a network, by utilising radio resources from
multiple mobile cells simultaneously. Cobham Wireless, a leader in
the provision of advanced wireless coverage and mobile
communication systems, will be exhibiting the system at Mobile
World Congress 2017.
Using its TM500 network testing solution, Cobham Wireless, with
partner China Mobile, is able to show a real-time working dual
connectivity system and demonstrate how dual/multi connectivity can
be achieved in a live network environment. The system is being
trialled over LTE-A Carrier Aggregation (CA) cells, allowing a
mobile phone to receive multiple signals from two different eNodeBs
simultaneously, at around three times the speed currently offered
by standard LTE. By conducting the trial over LTE-A, Cobham
Wireless has proven that its dual connectivity system is ready to
be introduced into operator networks today.
Evan Gray, VP Business Development, Cobham Wireless said: "The
new system can improve the end-user experience by combining data
from more than one base station operating on multi-connectivity
modes. This will support the demand for data-intensive mobile
services and ultra-high capacity, low-latency data delivery."
As the industry transitions to 5G, some of the 4G LTE cells can
be replaced with 5G cells in the dual connectivity set-up.
Operators and users stand to benefit from this, taking advantage of
both 4G and 5G resources. This will also remove the need for
operators to deploy a full 5G network and replace all 4G base
stations. Network infrastructure can instead be upgraded gradually
and cost effectively, in line with the progression of 5G technology
Dr. Hayk Manukyan, Market Solutions Director, Cobham Wireless
added, "5G may not be fully realised quite yet, but it's important
that we continue to push boundaries in its development. Networks
are under strain, with more people using data-intensive mobile
services. Our work with China Mobile has shown a workable system to
ease the current strain on our networks, as well as being 5G-ready
for the future."
Cobham Wireless will be demonstrating the dual
connectivity system on Stand 6D50 at Mobile World Congress in
Barcelona, 27th February - 2nd
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