Huawei has partnered with Telefonica to launch what it claims to be the world’s first 5G-oriented antenna deployment solution.
The company’s 5G antenna deployment solution was announced in Munich during the 2017 Global Antenna Technology & Industry Forum and directly follows the launch of the company’s latest flagship smartphonewith dedicated AI.
Huawei’s solution will help to overcome the challenge of insufficient antenna space when deploying high-band 4T4R over Sub 3 GHz and Massive MIMO. The present difficulty has emerged as operators begin transitioning from 4G to 4.5G/5G technologies.
"Based on many years of technical accumulation in wireless networks and an in-depth understanding of MBB network, Huawei cooperates with Telefónica Deutschland to release the world's first 5G-oriented antenna deployment solution,” says Mr. Joyee Zhang, President of Huawei Wireless Network Antenna Business Unit.
“This innovative solution can help operators to overcome the obstacles of 5G network deployment and potentially further help to achieve new business success."
4T4R has emerged as a mainstream configuration as 700MHz, 1400MHz and other spectrums are distributed. Standard overlay cannot meet deployment requirements, Huawei claims, especially when operators must also reserve antenna space for Massive Mimo to implement a smooth evolution.
Huawei and Telefonica’s 5G antenna deployment solution incorporates both a 14-port multi-band antenna and a TDD 3.5 GHz Massive MIMO antenna to meet Telefónica's requirements for an easy network evolution towards 5G. It supports 4T4R in all bands, including L band, within a width of just 469mm.
“We believe that during the future-oriented network evolution of MBB, antenna installation space severely hinders the progress of network deployment,” explains Mr. Jaime Lluch, Radio Access Network Director of Telefónica Deutschland.
“Telefónica and Huawei's 5G-oriented antenna deployment solution can address the challenge of insufficient space, while ensuring excellent network performance and capacity.”