Lebanon gets a taste of LTE
Huawei road show introduces LTE experience to Lebanon
Network vendor Huawei brought its Middle East LTE road show to Lebanon in June, giving live demonstrations of the 4G technology to industry leaders, academics and end users.
Huawei's road show, which consists of a series of live LTE and mobile broadband demonstrations housed in a dedicated articulated lorry, spent about two weeks of June in Lebanon under the patronage of Charbel Nahhas, Lebanon's minister of telecommunications.
The road show was attended by delegates from Lebanon's TRA, mobile operators Alfa and MTC Touch, ISPs and academics from Lebanon's leading universities.
"The demonstrations showcased SingleRAN (Radio Access network) solutions, which enable all existing mobile network technologies to evolve from GSM to UMTS, HSPA+ migrating to a single LTE based platform in the near future," said Zheng Xiang, vice president for Middle East, Huawei.
He added that the live demonstrations gave attendees a taste of download speeds of up to 156 Mbps, based on Huawei's latest LTE E2E (End to End) system. These mobile broadband speeds are intended to meet future bandwidth requirements of data heavy applications, such as the ability to download a 4GB movie in less than a minute, Zheng Xiang added.
Huawei estimates that global data traffic on mobile broadband networks will grow 1,000 times over the next decade, from 85 million Giga-bytes per month in 2009.
As the number of mobile broadband users continues to climb in Lebanon, subscribers will increasingly look for low tariffs with unlimited, high-speed access and mobile broadband services, while operators will need networks that allow them to deliver what their customers want while and still make a profit, according to Huawei.
The LTE road show will spend the next six months touring the Middle East and North Africa.