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Ericsson on evolution

Telecommunications giant Ericsson will offer live demonstrations of its offerings for the next generation in wireless broadband technology, Long Term Evolution (LTE) , at AfricaCom 2008 in Cape Town next week.

A wide selection of Ericsson’s solutions will be on show at AfricaCom 2008 in Cape Town on 18 and 19 November 2008., including its ‘Full Service Broadband’, Managed Services and Multimedia Solutions, together with live demonstrations of its HSPA, Long Term Evolution (LTE) and Convergent Charging options.

“The LTE demonstration is likely to generate quite a large amount of interest this year, in particular,” observes Aingharan Kanagaratnam, senior manager: Radio Access Sales Support, market unit sub-Saharan Africa, “since it will show what people will be using this technology for and the exciting possibilities that exist when bandwidth is no longer a limitation.”




LTE allows for connection peak rate speeds of 300Mbps and Ericsson has already demonstrated that it can provide a peak rate of 160Mbps. Moreover, LTE Radio Access Network roundtrip times will be less than 10 milliseconds, proving that LTE is outpacing all other technologies in meeting key 4G requirements.

According to Ericsson, LTE is also attracting a large amount of support from the world’s largest operators because of its clearly defined and easily adopted migratory path. “It is based on the proven, existing HSDPA platform,” explains Kanagaratnam, “and so offers a far less disruptive, incremental evolution to an all-IP mobile broadband network.”

The standard also forms the basis for Kanagaratnam’s discussion exploring how networks are likely to develop in the near future. Entitled ‘looking at future network evolution: the opportunities of HSPA & LTE’, the presentation will be given at noon 18 November and will cover a range of network evolution issues, such as making the right data ‘next steps’, migration paths and concerns, and introduction costs.


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