Network to utilise Huawei’s SingleRAN offering and 4G base stations
Huawei, a provider of telecommunications network offerings, has won a HSPA+ network contract from SaskTel. The network will utilise Huawei’s SingleRAN offering and fourth-generation base stations.
Huawei said that it will provide SaskTel with network infrastructure for its HSPA+ build out that offers a peak rate of up to 21Mb/s. Initially based on the new version of HSPA technology, the network will complement the company’s existing 2G network and also future-proof SaskTel for a transition to fourth generation technology based on long-term evolution (LTE) standard.
The company said that the SingleRAN offering supports network multi-mode convergence and evolution while reducing total costs of ownership for operators. Its end-to-end LTE offering provides an All-IP, high speed, low latency and spectrum efficient mobile network.
Huawei claims that the CDMA/LTE or UMTS/LTE SingleRAN offering, plus self-organising network (SON) technology, enable operators to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO). As of January 2010, the company has established 36 HSPA+ networks with global operators, among which 20 HSPA+ commercial networks and 16 HSPA+ network in deployment or in trial.
Robert Watson, president and CEO of SaskTel, said: This new UMTS/HSPA network will enable SaskTel customers to enjoy the benefits of using UMTS and HSPA compatible cellular and data devices, and will allow them to use their phone on similar networks across Canada and around the world.