Initial 3G LTE/SAE Trials Billed As A Success

Nokia says that trials of next-generation mobile networks using LTE and SAE technology have delivered their first set of successful results, as the 3GPP carries on with the LTE standardization process. LTE, or Long Term Evolution, seeks to evolve the UMTS radio interface standard to deliver 100Mbps download speeds and 50Mbps up in 20 MHz of spectrum (Nokia has a good backgrounder on LTE), while SAE, or System Architecture Evolution, is the accompanying core network architecture upgrade. Deployments are supposed to happen in 2010, but take both that date and those high data speeds with a big grain of salt.

Nokia – Trials of super-fast mobile broadband on track for success:

The first phase in a trial of an evolved version of today’s mobile phone radio access technology designed to deliver much higher wireless data rates has proven a success.

The LTE/SAE (Long Term Evolution/System Architecture Evolution) Trial Initiative (LSTI) launched in May this year has reported the successful delivery of the first in a series of test results aimed at proving the potential and benefits of LTE. LTE is being standardized by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) as a next generation mobile broadband technology.

The Initiative was founded by leading telecommunications companies Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, France Telecom/Orange, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, T-Mobile and Vodafone, and was recently expanded with China Mobile, Huawei, LG Electronics, NTT DoCoMo, Samsung, Signalion, Telecom Italia and ZTE joining as new members.

Initial results have confirmed that the technology will deliver high levels of data throughput both for stationary and mobile devices. In more detail, the group has confirmed that the LTE physical layer performance targets in terms of stationary and on-the-move peak data rates can be met. This confirmation was achieved using an agreed set of common transmission profiles, test procedures, and analysis methods. The joint tests were performed using prototype single and multi-antenna radio systems in both lab and urban field environments.

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