Xplornet, Alvarion announce successful TD-LTE over WiMAX trial

Canadian rural wireless broadband operator Xplornet Communications and its vendor Alvarion announced that the vendor's 4Motion solution that supports TD-LTE was successfully tested in the 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz bands.

The companies said the trials demonstrated a seamless TD-LTE option over existing WiMAX infrastructure, paving the way for a smooth migration path from WiMAX to TD-LTE based on a software-defined radio solution.  

The trial in 3.5 GHz was conducted using the same 3.5 GHz spectrum band that Xplornet uses for existing WiMAX deployments, while the trial  in 2.5 GHz, which took place at Xplornet's Canadian facilities, was conducted under a development license issued by Industry Canada.

The companies said Xplornet tested the network for outdoor coverage from 5 to 12 km away from the transmitting station and realized high-speed, uninterrupted access to applications such as high-bitrate streaming media and online video conferencing.

"This represents a breakthrough for rural broadband," declared John Maduri, CEO of Xplornet, in a release. "With licensed spectrum, this technology combines the reliability of a WiMAX solution in relevant frequency bands with a path to participate in the TD-LTE ecosystem of the future to provide a state of the art broadband solution for rural Canada."

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