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Huawei aims to cut cost of mobile broadband

Vendor unveils product designed to simplify diverse mobile broadband architectures and increase the efficiency of networks

Huawei aims to cut cost of mobile broadband
Huawei's SingleRan@Broad will almost halve the per bit cost of mobile broadband traffic.

Chinese vendor Huawei unveiled a single radio access network product at Mobile World Congress yesterday, which it claims will be able to massively increase the efficiency of mobile broadband networks.

Huawei said that the product, which is called SingleRan@Broad, will almost halve the per bit cost of mobile broadband traffic, allowing operators to make a far better business case for offering high capacity mobile broadband at lower costs.

The vendor claims that the product will create savings at base stations by simplifying network architecture. SingleRan@Broad integrates different technologies including GSM, UMTS, CDMA and LTE, which will be able to share  the same cabinet, power supply, radio resource management and operation and maintenance.

Pablo Brito, Huawei's vice director of wireless marketing for Europe, said that the product will be commercially available this year, but would not specify which quarter.Brito added that SingleRan@Broad was designed to address cost and capacity, which he predicts will be the biggest challenges for operators in the coming decade.

Huawei estimates that global data traffic on mobile broadband networks will grow by 1000 times over the next 10 years, up from 85 million gigabytes per month in 2009.

The vendor predicts that operators will increasingly need to be able to reduce the cost of deploying mobile broadband services as a growing number of subscribers look for low data tariffs with unlimited high speed access.

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