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Ericsson, C&W testing pre-5G network in the Caribbean

Gigabit LTE trial completed in Antigua and Barbuda

Network infrastructure vendor Ericsson and operator C&W Communications (C&W) announced the completion of a gigabit LTE trial on the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda. The two companies also said they have started testing a pre-5G network under C&W’s residential brand Flow.

Ericsson’s gigabit LTE solution was tested on C&W’s live network; carrier aggregation, 4X4 MIMO (multiple input multiple output) and higher order modulation (256-QAM) were used to maximize data speeds for wireless broadband subscribers, the Swedish vendor said.

“The scope of this trial includes technologies that can handle the forecasted increase in mobile data traffic and be used for fixed wireless access, while ensuring a smooth evolution toward 5G,” Elie Hanna, president of Ericsson Mexico, Central America and Caribbean, said. “LTE networks with advanced technology such as Gigabit Class LTE not only will meet the opportunity for operators to develop and deploy networks that can handle the increase in traffic and deliver subscribers the user experience they expect, but also provide the perfect platform for network evolution toward 5G.”

“This trial is the next step for us to provide enhanced LTE, and eventually 5G, through an evolved network with the latest technologies across the region. Currently, Flow offers an average of 3 to 5 Mbps fixed wireless services using WiMax technology; with our pre-5G LTE-Advanced services, we will be able to offer services with an average of 30 to 50 Mbps,” John Reid, CEO, C&W Communications, said.

MTS, MGTS, Nokia test 10GPON compatibility with 5G equipment

In related news, Russian telco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and its fixed network subsidiary Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS) have carried out compatibility tests for fixed and mobile networks using 10GPON backhaul and 5G standard equipment supplied by Finnish vendor Nokia.

The tests, which were carried out at MGTS’ premises, included the connection of prototypes of the Nokia 5G base stations to the MGTS 10GPON network sections, confirming the compatibility of the networks, whilst recording a maximum data transfer rate of 9.5Gbps with a latency of less than one millisecond.

The Russian telco said that the first 10GPON pilot zones will appear in 2017-2018 on the busiest sections of the MGTS network.


Juan Pedro Tomás
Juan Pedro Tomás
Juan Pedro covers Global Carriers and Global Enterprise IoT. Prior to RCR, Juan Pedro worked for Business News Americas, covering telecoms and IT news in the Latin American markets. He also worked for Telecompaper as their Regional Editor for Latin America and Asia/Pacific. Juan Pedro has also contributed to Latin Trade magazine as the publication's correspondent in Argentina and with political risk consultancy firm Exclusive Analysis, writing reports and providing political and economic information from certain Latin American markets. He has a degree in International Relations and a master in Journalism and is married with two kids.

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