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.