Sardinia-based internet access provider Tiscali and Huawei of China have signed an agreement to develop time division-LTE (TD-LTE) services in the country, with the aim of delivering peak speeds of up to 100Mbps across the Italian territory within the next two years. Under the plan, the two firms intend to deploy ultra-high speed wireless-fibre-to-the-x (WTTx) technology as the last mile connection, starting from the third quarter of this year. By end-2018, the pair intend to roll out 1,250 base stations nationwide using TD-LTE in the 3.5GHz band, with Tiscali adding: ‘TD-LTE is a mobile data transmission technology that follows international standards developed for LTE and 4G networks … It is a network technology that uses a single frequency to transmit … alternating between upload and download data with a ratio of dynamic adaptation based on the amount of data exchanged.’ Under the deal, the Chinese firm will supply Tiscali with core access network and RAN equipment and customer premises equipment to create a 4.5G WTTx network capable of providing multimedia broadband services – ultimately operating at a peak connecting rate of up to 1Gbps.
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