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22/05/2013

TDD Band 40 (2300MHz) and LTE UEs for Band 40

The 2300MHz band has already been defined as a 3GPP eUTRAN band (band 40) based on a Time Division Duplex (TDD) scheme. First significant rollouts have already started in India (Bharti Airtel operator) and in Saudi Arabia (STC operator), with several others following by 2013.    

 

According to the Global Suppliers Association (GSA), 43 commercial devices supporting the 2300MHz band are now available on the market, including multi-band and multi-frequency Customer Premises Equipment (CPE), dongles and portable hotspots, while tablets and smartphones will be commercially available by the end of 2012. Even the early European adopters will be able to rely on the economies of scale that are now being established in other regions thanks to the global identification of the 2300MHz band by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-R) for the IMT family of technologies.    

 

 

LTE-TDD is now gaining market traction in all regions as it is commonly considered in the evolution path of any wireless cellular TDD technology (TD-SCDMA, UTRA-TDD and WiMAX™). LTE-TDD is an integral part of the 3GPP standards, sharing significant common properties with LTE-FDD and offering comparable performance characteristics with similar high-spectral efficiency. Globally, 80 LTE networks were launched in 38 countries between December 2009 and June 2012. LTE-TDD is now entering maturity stage: 33 trial and 23 commercial LTE-TDD networks launched in Brazil, India, Japan, Poland, the Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia by April 2012; and several new rollouts will take place in 2012 also involving the USA and all the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). All major network equipment manufacturers stressed the importance of LTE-TDD and have already launched their LTE-TDD solutions. LTE-TDD will reach economies of scale comparable with LTE-FDD in the longer term. With its large spectrum availability (up to 100MHz in the lowest available TDD band in Europe), the 2300MHz band will play a major role within the European ‘TDD bands’ in the short term.     Growing support from global industry for the 2300MHz band is increasingly evident; in March DIGITALEUROPE clearly stated its position in favour of rapid availability of 2300MHz harmonised spectrum across Europe. From an early stage, the European 2300MHz market will be able to leverage economies of scale from global TDD consolidation, enabled by the ITU-R global allocation, and by the growing availability of spectrum, as well as the arrival of suitable end-user devices.    

 

 

The following diagram provides information on allocations and assignments among key 2300MHz markets: band 40 2300mhz spectrum assignments          

 

Australia:

 

In order to gain access to the 2300MHz spectrum, Australian operator Optus is soon expected to complete its acquisition of another Australian operator, Vividwireless. Once confirmed by local regulatory authorities, Optus will be able to rely on almost all the 98MHz portion of spectrum in the Australian 2300MHz band.  

 

China:

The 2300MHz band is allocated to the Ministry of Information Technology (IMT) in China. China Mobile owns 50MHz in the 2300MHz band which can be used for indoor services at this time (the band is currently used by radiolocation services). China Mobile, having identified LTE-TDD technology as the long-term evolution of TD-SCDMA, is expected to increase investments in the near future. Additionally China Mobile is currently undertaking a large-scale LTE-TDD trial involving the 1900MHz, the 2300MHz and the 2600MHz TDD bands. Some 1000 eNBs have been rolled out in six cities in the first phase (Proof of Concept, completed in September 2011), 20,000 base stations and multimode user equipment tests are being performed in the second phase (R&D technical experiment and scaled trial) which will expand to nine cities and will end by December 2012. China Mobile plans to gradually upgrade 200,000 TD-SCDMA base stations to LTE-TDD by 2013.  

 

India:

In June 2010, each of six operators acquired one 20MHz license, with different geographic extensions, at a total cost of $US5.2 billion. Reliance Industries is the only operator with pan-Indian coverage while Bharti Airtel was the first operator to launch LTETDD commercial services in India in April 2012, starting with Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore. Bharti Airtel has recently signed an agreement for the acquisition of Qualcomm AP’s BWA spectrum by 2014.  

 

Saudi Arabia:

STC commercially launched its LTE-TDD service in September 2011. This is the biggest LTE-TDD 2300MHz network in the Middle East. By May 2012, STC had already upgraded 1500 base stations serving 38 cities and is targeting 65% population coverage by end-2012. In parallel, competitor Mobily has also launched its 2600MHz LTE-TDD network.

 

Denmark:

In May 2011, a public consultation document entitled “A strategy to find an extra 600MHz for broadband” by the Danish regulator NTIA proposed the availability of the 2300MHz spectrum band by 2015.  

 

Ireland:

 

 

In October 2009 ComReg carried out a public consultation on “Release of Spectrum in the 2300-2400MHz band”. In its April 2011 consultation, “Review of the Period 2008 – 2010 & Proposed Strategy for Managing the Radio Spectrum: 2011 – 2013’ ComReg recognised the “great potential [of the 2300MHz band] to enhance competition and capacity for mobile broadband within Ireland”, once the ECC harmonisation work has been completed. According to the recently closed public consultation on its “Draft Strategy Statement 2012 – 2014“, ComReg will develop a new consultation “on a future release of the 2.3GHz band” which will also include economic analysis of the type of competitive award, fees and license conditions.  

 

Sweden:

PTS, the Swedish regulator, is considering the 2300MHz band in its roadmap for the release of more than 500MHz “new” spectrum in Sweden. PTS has been planning to release 2300MHz band for some time. Depending on market demand, spectrum could be auctioned starting from 2013. A first public consultation “regarding planned radio use in the 2.3GHz band” was held in November 2010. A more recent consultation addressing technical issues related to the 2300MHz band (e.g. coexistence matters, band plan, etc.) was closed in February 2012.  

 

 

UK:

The 2300MHz band (2310-2390 MHz) is considered as a “prioritised band for release” in the spectrum strategy document19 issued by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in March 2011, which sets the target of releasing 500MHz below 5GHz from the public sector by 2020.  

 

 

 

LTE UEs for Band 40 (TDD 2300-2400MHz, 100MHz)

 

LTE CPE

1.    Asiatelco ALR-W190, indoor, b40, b38 ..2012.09..

2.    Asiatelco ALR-W191, indoor, b40 ..2012.09..

3.    Huawei B222s-40, outdoor ..2012.06..

4.    Huawei B593s-82, indoor ..2012.09..

5.    Netcomm 4GT101W-01, indoor ..2012.08.. tbc

6.    Netcomm 4GT101W-04, indoor ..2012.08.. tbc

7.    Nokia Siemens Networks CPE outdoor 7210, 2011.10

8.    Nokia Siemens Network CPE indoor 7212, 2011.10

9.   Huawei B593s-58

 

 

 

LTE Dongles

1.    Asiatelco ALT-C160, ..2012.09..

2.    Huawei E392u-92, ..2012.06..

3.    ZTE MF820S2 ..2012.09..

4.   Huawei E398s-81  2012.08

5.   BandLuxe C508

 

 

Mobile hot-spots

1.    Huawei E589u Mi-Fi ..2012.06..

2.    Modacom URoad-LTE ..2013.02..

3.    ZTE MF91S, 2012.08

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17/04/2013

Vodafone 3G 4G Mobile WiFi – R201, R205, R210

Many customers know there are various USB Surf sticks available for Vodafone 3G or 4G networks, but few know the mobile WiFi hotspot for Vodafone. Today, we will have a review of Vodafone Pocket WiFi for 3G & 4G networks.    

 

The early model of Vodafone mobile WiFi is Vodafone R201. It's the first generation for Vodafone and also the first generation of Huawei mobile WiFi. This model is produced by Huawei, follow R201, Huawei presents many new versions to publicly and gained gear success. Vodafone R201 supports HSDPA 7.2Mbps, it could transfer SIM signal to WiFi signal and up to 5 users could access internet via R201. At that time, the download speed 7.2Mbps is good enough for most activities, but with the network development and many applications for data transmission, this speed can't meet the requirement for surfing. Then newer version comes out.  

 

 

Vodafone R205 is the newer model supporting HSPA+ technology. The HSPA+ apply the MIMO technology for data transfer. So it would obviously improve the link speed. Vodafone R205 could support peak link speed up to 21Mbps and 5.76Mbps. It comes from the factory model Huawei E586 mobile WiFi. Similar to R201, it would support 5 users to share the WiFi network. As we can see, the improvement of the new generation mobile WiFi is on the supporting speed.  

 

 

 

However, People demand for speed is not limited to 21 Mbps. Higher connection speed are required in many areas. Then 4G technology is decoupled and the mobile terminals are following. Vodafone is always leading the industry trend.    

 

Here now Vodafone R210 4G LTE mobile WiFi is available. Under good 4G LTE network, the R210 supports up to 100Mbps. It's really amazing, if you download a movie in big size, it would take for only few seconds. And this speed makes it true to play many online games.

 

 

 

With more power capacity, Vodafone R210 could work for longer time than its predecessors. What's more, more users (up to 10 WiFi enabled devices) could get connected with the mobile WiFi and surf. The pocket WiFi could only work on 4G LTE network, but also back ward 3G UMTS/WCDMA & 2G GSM/GPRS/ EDGE. Where 4G network is not available, Vodafone R210 would auto choose the alternative good network available to keep user connected with network. With higher specification, there is no doubt that the price of Vodafone R210 is a little bit higher than the previous R201 and R205.    

 

 

Considering the performance of the three mobile WiFi for Vodafone and budget, you can choose the right model to keep connected with the best networks.  

24/03/2013

FAQs for HUAWEI E5776 4G LTE Cat4 Mobile WiFi Hotspot

  1. How to insert your SIM card and set up your HUAWEI E5776 4G Mobile Hotspot?

 

Installing your Huawei E5776 4G LTE Cat4 Mobile Hotspot is simple and intuitive. Follow the guide!

 

A.) Insert the SIM card into the top slot like this

 

 

B.) Record and keep your Wi-Fi codes at the top of your 4G  Mobile Hotspot HUAWEI E5776:

* SSID: default name of the Wi-Fi signals from your Mobile Hotspot 4G

* WPA-PSK: default password to access the Wi-Fi network

 

C.) Turn on your 4G Mobile Hotspot by pressing and holding the power button. This starts when the Wi-Fi indicator appears on the screen.

 

D.) Connect your HUAWEI E5776 Mobile 4G Hotspot to your computer via the supplied USB cable and follow the instructions displayed on your computer to install the software.

 

 2How to use the management interface for your HUAWEI E5776 4G Mobile Hotspot?

 

Your interface 4G Mobile Hotspot allows you to easily manage your account, send SMS and customize the settings for your Wi-Fi   You have two options available to them:

1.)     2 Click on the icon Mobile Partner for 4G Mobile Hotspot on your desktop

2.)     open a new Internet browser page and type in the address bar of one of the two following addresses: http://hotspot.mobile or http://192.168.0.1

 

   

3. How to connect via your Mobile 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot?

  A.) Gather codes Wi-Fi (WPA-PSK and SSID) of your HUAWEI E5776 Mobile Hotspot B.)Enable Wi-Fi on your device and view the list of available Wi-Fi networks. C.) Then select the SSID of your 4G Mobile Hotspot and click connect (or equivalent, depending on your equipment). D.)Enter the code WPA-PSK . You are now connected.      

4.  How to unlock HUAWEI E5776 LTE Cat 4 Mobile Hotspot ?

  You can unlock your free Huawei E5776 6 months after purchase by calling your Customer Service. Alternatively 4G Mobile Hotspot via email before the deadline of 6 months. This service will be charged for some fee by your operators.   To unlock your Huawei 4G Mobile Hotspot E5776 please follow the following 2 steps:     Step 1: Get your unlock code     A.) Note the number IMEI of HUAWEI E5776 as it will be required to get your unlock code. You can find:

  • looking at the back of your box
  • looking at the back of your Mobile Hotspot 4G under the battery
  • looking over your contract with your operator

  B.) Then contact your Customer Service to get your unlock code.     Step 2: Unlock your HUAWEI E5776 4G Mobile Hotspot     1.)  Insert the SIM card from your new operator in Mobile Hotspot Huawei E5776     2.)  Start Huawei E5776 4G Mobile Hotspot (by doing a long press on the On / Off button)   3.) Then access the management interface 4G Mobile Hotspot:

A.)Connect your computer to the Wi-Fi Hotspot for your Mobile 4G Hotspot HUAWEI E5776

B.)Open a new Internet page navigation

C.)And double-click the icon Mobile partner for 4G Mobile Hotspot on your desktop if you installed it or type in the address bar of one of the two following addresses: http://hotspot.mobile   or  http:/ / 192.168.0.1

  4.) Enter the unlock code and click the "Apply" button . 5.) Huawei E5776 4G Mobile Hotspot is now unlocked and can be used with another operator    

5. On what operating system to install your Mobile Hotspot 4G?

  Your Mobile Hotspot 4G Huawei E5776 is compatible with the following systems:   1.)     Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, Windows 8 2.)     Mac OS 10.5, 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8