Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile will unveil lightRadio Metro Radio on February 26th at the Global TD-LTE Initiative’s (GTI) “TDD Night” during Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona. Available now for large-scale commercial deployment in China Mobile’s trial TD-LTE network, which spans 13 cities in China, lightRadio Metro Radio will bring high-performance 4G services to residents in densely populated areas of Shanghai, Nanjing and Qingdao.
According to company, in China, lightRadio Metro Radio will be deployed in busy indoor and outdoor locations, such as shopping malls and stadiums where coverage can suffer either from the large number of consumers trying to access a network, or because the density of buildings impedes the radio signal. In these locations it can be traditionally either too difficult or costly to deploy a macro cell base station. lightRadio Metro Radio will provide a cost-effective alternative.
Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile signed a co-creation agreement in January 2012 to conduct joint development and test activities on a series of lightRadio TD-LTE projects to speed the deployment of LTE in China. lightRadio Metro Radio houses two lightRadio cubes, fully integrated with a directional antennae, allowing it to provide the coverage normally associated with a much bulkier, heavier remote radio unit linked to an external antenna via an RF coaxial cable.
lightRadio Metro Radio has been short-listed for the GTI’s “Innovation award”, which recognizes innovation in the LTE industry and encourages the development of innovative products that address the challenges faced by GTI operators.