NetCom, the Norwegian arm of TeliaSonera, has partnered with Chinese vendor Huawei on the demonstration of what the latter has claimed is ‘the world’s first trial of LTE-Advanced Pro’ technology – also referred to as ‘4.5G’ – over a live commercial network. With the technology pilot having been conducted in Oslo, a vendor’s press release said it was an ‘important milestone towards next year’s expected commercial availability of 4.5G’. To achieve the downlink speeds of around 1Gbps shown in the demonstration, four frequency bands (800MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz) were used simultaneously. On the back of the trial Huawei has said it expects that the commercial deployment of 4.5G among operators will start from 2016.
Commenting on the demonstration, NetCom CEO Abraham Foss was cited as saying: ‘This is the future mobile network for the new generation telecommunications companies. TeliaSonera is an innovative company that will always strive to be in front of the development, and we are proud to cooperate with Huawei in Norway to develop and test this new technology. Our vision is to bring the world closer on the customer’s terms, and we will drive the digitalisation and create value for both our customers and society.’