Wireless vendor Anite has announced the commercial release of its LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation (CA) testing solution for mobile network operators and network infrastructure vendors.CA refers to the process of increasing the transmission bandwidths over those that can be supported by a single carrier or channel by utilising more than one carrier or channel that might be located in many different spectrum bands.
Anite said its new Nemo Outdoor platform allows operators to monitor the performance and quality of their LTE-A networks by providing comprehensive information about the primary and secondary component carriers, including physical cell ID, signal levels and quality.
Link adaptation and radio resource allocation can be monitored alongside many other detailed LTE parameters, it added.
"Key industry players are already preparing for LTE-A and carrier aggregation deployments," commented Petri Toljamo, Managing Director at Anite's Network Testing business.
"With our help operators can make sure their networks are optimised for providing the high data rates their customers are demanding," he added
Korea's SK Telecom became the first mobile operator in the world to launch LTE-A in June but it is yet to arrive in Europe.
In August, Ericsson and Australian operator Telstra had collaborated on the first commercial trial of LTE-A CA technology on 1800MHz and 900MHz
Last month, NSN announced it had helped to provide LTE-A CA to SK Telecom, LG U+ and Korea Telecom via their Flexi Multiradio Base Stations.
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