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StarHub taps Huawei for mobile broadband upgrade

Posted: 22 Mar 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile broadband? Dual Carrier technology? HSPA+?

Singapore's StarHub and technology partner Huawei have concluded tests of HSPA+ network using Dual Carrier frequency technology to achieve a peak data downlink speed of up to 42.2Mbit/s. The HSPA+ network upgrade is implemented progressively to further enhance the overall efficiency of the network.

StarHub the first mobile operator in Southeast Asia to have successfully deployed the Dual Carrier technology on its HSPA+ network to achieve up to 42.2Mbit/s in peak download speeds. Dual Carrier technology is based on the principle of bonding two carrier channels, which allows the increase of the transmission to double the current maximum value of 21Mbit/s.

Peter Cook, VP, integrated network engineering at StarHub, said: "The deployment of 42.2Mbit/s HSPA+ Dual Carrier technology is a straightforward upgrade of our current HSPA+ network that will double our current downlink peak rate of 21Mbit/s. We are basically installing new software into current network equipment, with minimal hardware upgrade required. StarHub is excited that it will soon be able to manage even larger volumes of data traffic and continue to support the highest HSPA speeds available in Singapore, to meet the growing demand for broadband access on the move."

Huawei Singapore managing director He Rong said Huawei's HSPA+ solution with dual-carrier technology makes the best of an operator's spectrum resources, enhances spectral efficiency and results in capacity gains of up to 20 percent. "We would like to congratulate StarHub for achieving this important milestone. The enhanced HSPA+ network is set to give mobile broadband customers a higher level of user experience, thus truly enriching lives through communication," commented He.

StarHub has also commenced technical trials of LTE technology. The company believes that LTE will provide further enhancement of its mobile broadband data services in future.

"LTE deployment is in our roadmap for mobile broadband, and we are now diligently testing the new technology with plans for a rollout in future," Cook added.

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