Africa just got its first maiden test of the mighty supersonic 4.5G network. Following a joint mission by Huawei and Vodacom South Africa where the two aggregated LTE in both licensed and unlicensed bands using the Huawei LampSite solution.
The project attained a peak data transfer speed of up to 1Gbps, and therefore becoming Africa first fasted network to hit such speeds. At the same time, this achieved network became the first 3 component carrier test ever to be experienced in Africa and thereby showcasing the milestone of a 4.5G network.
Additionally, another live trial was successfully done using the co-existence of LTE in an unlicensed band in open public places like Vodacom World’s conference venues and Sandton City shopping mall. They were targeting areas where Wi-Fi use is already in wide scale and the spectrum fairly shared by many different technologies.
As Africa Business Communities explains: “The deployed network has a natural evolution path and can be software upgraded to a fully LBT (Listen Before Talk) compliant solution, known as LAA (License Assisted Access), which will be finalized in the 3GPP Release 13 specifications. Standard …read more
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