… or in slightly easier-to-understand terms, Vodafone in Germany and Huawei have agreed on LTE testing (in Germany, you won’t be surprised to hear!).
Vodafone Germany and Huawei today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct a joint test gauging the performance of LTE (Long Term Evolution) in the Digital Dividend Band. This agreement marks a joint initiative to validate LTE’s application within the Digital Dividend Band (790-862MHz) using Huawei’s end-to-end LTE solution.
From this summer the cooperation will see Vodafone Germany and Huawei not only demonstrate LTE’s ability to provide broadband coverage to rural and urban areas, effectively bridging the digital divide between those areas of Germany, but also to prove its compatibility with adjacent technologies such as Digital TV and Digital Radio. The test will be based on Huawei’s end-to-end solutions and both parties will form a joint working group for conducting the test.
Another case of LTE triumphing over WiMAX as the 4G solution of choice – with some good use-cases too – I’d be really interested (as I suspect a lot of people would be) to see the end-results of the tests, because we all want to know what sort of realistic data rates we are going to get out of LTE…
… one thing is for sure – at least the first two generations of devices that work with LTE will have shocking battery life – either than or we are going to be looking at monstrous Li-ion batteries!