O2 confirms use of NEC kit in Slough LTE test


O2 confirms use of NEC kit in Slough LTE test

Ian Grant

O2 confirmed that it is using Japanese electronics firm NEC's Pasolink microwave backhaul technology in its UK trial of LTE (Long-Term Evolution) 4G next-generation mobile services.

The equipment provides a high-capacity, resilient transmission link to one of O2's key LTE trial sites in the Slough area. The Pasolink kit carries high-definition streaming video, mobile gaming, high-speed file transfer and videoconferencing between O2's basestations.

"NEC provided us with the high performance and flexible access link to trial our next-generation LTE mobile service," Nigel Purdy, O2's head of networks, said at Mobile World Congress.

At the show, Telefonica, O2's parent, showed a working LTE system using LTE radio and core network equipment from Nokia Siemens Networks. It used pre-commercial LTE terminals to show fast downloads of high-resolution videos both on its booth and in a moving van on the streets of Barcelona. Visitors could compare these download times and image quality with those from an existing HSPA network.

NEC Europe vice-president Richard Hanscott said, "The massive demand for smartphones and data, along with plans for next-generation mobile network technologies such as LTE, has brought network quality and time to deployment right to the heart of a successful strategy for mobile operators."

He said NEC had shipped more than one million Pasolink units to 136 countries, with the fastest sales in Asia and the Middle East.

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