Nokia debuts centralised RAN within TD-LTE network in China

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Nokia has deployed its centralised RAN solution within a TD-LTE network for the first time in a demonstration with China Mobile.

The trial was held at the Beilun Stadium in Ningbo, to show how both technologies can combine to meet the high consumer demands of mobile networks.

The centralised RAN tracked the performance of six radio cells, combining the best four to switch interference into data traffic and improve network performance.

The 6,000 spectators within the stadium saw data download speeds of 12MBps at peak times. Upload speeds were 62 percent faster compared to existing TD-LTE networks in high traffic locations.

Wang Yong, Assistant to the General Manager at China Mobile said: "With this successful trial, we have shown that centralised RAN technology can eliminate the 4G network strain typically caused at large events. As mobile data use continues to rise, innovations like this from Nokia will help us meet the demands for high-quality service from our subscribers in densely populated stadiums and other areas."

Yu Xiaohan, Head of CBT CMCC at Nokia Great China, said: "As a new technology incubator, Ningbo Mobile has helped with the trialling and go-to-market of Nokia's TD-LTE new technologies and new versions, and this time we successfully demonstrated together how to solve consumers' problem of a bad surfing experience in densely populated area."

The vendors's centralised RAN technology can be deployed through a software upgrade to its Flexi Multiradio 10 base station network.