LTE, the Next Generation of Mobile Communications, Live in the A1 Network
While HSPA+ is being rolled out in the A1 network, as of today the next mobile technology generation is already being deployed in some regions. Today, in a unique demonstration A1 and Telekom Austria showed the interplay between mobile communications and the fixed net. A bus in an LTE testing area in Vienna Floridsdorf was connected live to Telekom Austria’s telepresence system. The high-definition video signal was transmitted via fiber optics to the telepresence rooms in the provinces.
In the future the networks will be facing enormous challenges. The developments of the past in numbers: Since the beginning of 2006 the number of customers using mobile broadband in the A1 network has increased to more than seven times and currently amounts to over 500,000. Multimedia applications require increasingly more bandwidth. One minute of a YouTube HD video has a data volume of approximately 20 MB, while the new HD channels from aonTV need roughly 60 MB per minute. Due to this development the data volume transported per month in the A1 network has increased to 250 times what it was 5 years ago. “We assume that the growth curve will continue to rise sharply. In the future we will only be able to tackle this growth through an intelligent combination of the latest mobile communications technologies and the fixed net,” said Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO of mobilkom austria and Telekom Austria with conviction. “This is why we have concerned ourselves for years intensively with LTE and are now launching it live in the A1 network,” CTO Walter Goldenits added.
LTE Provision in More Areas in Vienna and Lower Austria
In order to gather experience with the new technology, areas in Vienna (Floridsdorf and Leopoldstadt) and Lower Austria (St. Pölten) were provisioned with the new technology in mobile communications. The transmitters and 1,000 additional ones are connected to Telekom Austria’s high capacity fiber optics network. “In the future LTE will make it possible to fulfill the enormous capacity demands for mobile use. The huge data volumes can be transported most efficiently with AirToFiber,” said Hannes Ametsreiter, describing the two core elements of A1 and Telekom Austria’s GigaNetwork. The rollout of fixed net infrastructure is the third element. “Mobile communications is a technology that enables Internet access while on the go. For stationary use fixed net is clearly more suitable. Our customers use mobile broadband 80% of the time at home,” Walter Goldenits said. Thus, besides the LTE pilot projects, additional projects for direct provisioning of fibers optics are currently underway in Villach, Klagenfurt and in Vienna’s 15th and 19th districts.
Telepresence – An Important Future Application also for Mobile via LTE
For the LTE demonstration an application was used that is probably one of the most interesting. With telepresence systems video conferences take place, in which face-to-face meetings are created in life size. Enormous bandwidths are required to transmit the HD signals. That LTE can deliver these bandwidths in a real environment was proven in the demonstration. From a moving bus A1 technical experts were connected to a conference in which people in the cities of Graz, Klagenfurt, Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck participated. Hannes Ametsreiter: “Here we saw what impressive results the combination of the most modern technologies can provide. That’s how the future feels!” In this demonstration Walter Goldenits sees proof that his technical team is well-equipped for commercially operating LTE.
Cooperation Partner HUAWEI Supplies Technology for LTE Pilot Project from A1
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The radio technology for the LTE pilot project comes from the Chinese network supplier HUAWEI. According to Sun Zhengyang, Managing Director of Huawei Austria: “With its own patents and our involvement in the standardization of LTE, HUAWEI plays a key role worldwide in this technology. We are proud of helping one of the leading telecommunications companies in this region launch the new broadband era.” Also contributing to the pilot project are: Starent / Cisco as the supplier of the Evolved Packet Core, Blueslice for the Home Subscriber Server and Kapsch CarrierCom for integrating the backend components.