Huawei demos LTE in Portugal

Huawei has run a demonstration of LTE with TMN, the Portuguese mobile operator, which showcased 3D TV and mobile gaming.

The Chinese vendor broke the demonstration down into two parts. In one, 3D content was stored in a media server connected to the core network. The content was then downloaded in real-time and shown on a 3D screen. The purpose was to demonstrate LTE's high throughput.

A second demonstration involved two participants playing a PC-based game over a LTE link to show off the technology's low latency. The objective of the trials was to showcase future applications for operators, said Xie Xinping, managing director of Huawei Portugal: "These LTE capabilities will enable operators in the future to develop new business models and to meet the growing demands for mobile broadband services."

Huawei is pushing hard to win LTE business from European mobile operators.  It faces competition in Portugal, including from arch-rival Nokia Siemens Networks which earlier this year also conducted a LTE demonstration with TMN.

The Chinese vendor has had its triumphs. It provided the equipment for part of the world's first commercial LTE network, which was launched by Telia Sonera at the end of 2009. It supplied the equipment for the operator's Oslo network while Ericsson was the supplier in Stockholm. In a blow to Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson, Huawei also won a contract to supply an LTE network to Norway's Netcom at the end of last year. And Huawei has been selected by Telecom Italia as the technology partner for a test lf LTE technology

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