Vodafone and Huawei have announced the successful trial of 4G services using small cell technology in a move that could help businesses deploy better mobile data services across their sites.
The trial, dubbed Lampsite, saw the firms use Vodafone’s 2.6GHz spectrum to deploy a campus network at Huawei’s headquarters that offered 82Mbps downloads and 42Mbps uploads to users of 4G devices.
Vodafone chief technology officer Fergal Kelly said the trial was a great example of how powerful its holding in the 2.6GHz frequency is.
“I am delighted to see 2.6GHz in action on small cell and the impressive data speeds it offers. I’m also impressed with the rapid response from Huawei to this innovation challenge from Vodafone,” he said.
“One year to the day from initial discussion to live product is fantastic and such pace of innovation will be invaluable to Vodafone as we continue to build out the UK’s strongest network.”
The service could well become part of Vodafone's offering to businesses to help provide improved coverage and capacity, in a similar way to its SureSignal products. Urban deployments could also follow.
Zhou Yuefeng, president of Huawei's small cell and WiFi product line, said: "We are totally aligned with our customers' enterprise market needs. This solution is a result of our key joint innovations with Vodafone and is designed with the technology and business requirements of our valued customers in mind."
This attempt to broaden the enterprise appeal of 4G comes as all major UK operators are trying to boost uptake by touting the technology's better coverage and speed capabilities.
Using photocatalysts to convert carbon dioxide into usable energy such as methane or ethane
Trained on curated data from Moorfields Eye Hospital, the neural network also shows clinicians how it reached its judgement
Yokohama National University demonstrate technology that could lead to a fault-tolerant universal quantum computer
Top-of-the-range Threadripper 2990WX now available from Scan, Ebuyer, Overclockers, Novatech and Amazon