MTN South Africa has deployed Huawei’s CloudAIR 2.0 solution to share spectrum between 2G, 3G, 4G, and NB-IoT in the 900MHz band, MTN CIO Giovanni Chiarelli has announced.
Huawei’s CloudAIR 2.0 solution enables MTN SA to make more efficient use of its limited 900MHz spectrum and achieve a 45% increase in LTE throughput within the band.
This follows the network operator establishing a “Joint Innovation Programme” with Huawei in 2017 to trial new technologies on MTN’s new network.
“Spectrum is an extremely precious asset,” said Chiarelli.
“This new network optimisation technique improves spectral efficiency and gives MTN the ability to deploy LTE within the same 900MHz band alongside GSM, UMTS, and NB-IoT, while significantly improving LTE coverage and user experience,” he said.
“This solution can allocate and adjust spectrum resources according to the changes of mobile traffic and avoid legacy radio access technologies from occupying prime spectrum, thereby improving spectral efficiency,” said Huawei Wireless Network Product President Edward Deng.
“CloudAIR 2.0 is a valuable solution that can hasten radio technology evolution, to increase network capacity, and improve customer experience.”