South Africa’s mobile phone operator MTN has teamed up with Huawei to , to increase network capacity, and improve customer experience.
The operator announced on Friday it has successfully commercially deployed Huawei’s CloudAIR 2.0 solution to share spectrum between 2G, 3G, 4G and NB-IoT radio technologies in the 900MHz band.
CloudAIR 2.0 allows MTN SA’s network to supports overlap of 2G, 3G, 4G and NB-IoT services in the 900MHz spectrum band.
“Spectrum is an extremely precious asset. This new network optimization technique improves spectral efficiency and gives MTN the ability to deploy LTE within the same 900MHz band alongside GSM, UMTS and NB-IoT, while significantly improving LTE coverage and user experience,” said Giovanni Chiarelli, Chief Technology and Information Officer for MTN SA.
CloudAIR 2.0 enables MTN SA to make more efficient use of its limited 900MHz spectrum allocation, and achieve a 45% increase in LTE throughput within the
“The spectrum cloudification sharing capabilities of CloudAIR 2.0 enable the deployment of different radio access technologies within the same spectrum. This solution can allocate and adjust spectrum resources according to the changes of mobile traffic and avoid legacy radio access technologies from occupying prime spectrum, thereby improving spectral efficiency,” Edward Deng, President of Wireless Network Product Line of Huawei, said.
“CloudAIR 2.0 is a valuable solution that can hasten radio technology evolution, to increase network capacity, and improve customer experience.”