EE and Huawei hit 2.1Gbps speeds in LTE tests

Huawei and EE have hit mobile broadband speeds of 2.1Gbps over an LTE network in its latest lab tests in the UK.

The test used 3GPP LTE Advanced technologies to realise the speeds, which were announced at Huawei’s Global Mobile Broadband Forum in Tokyo last week.

The test is the latest milestone for the UK operator, which has achieved live LTE speeds of up to 400Mbps in its testbed based at Wembley Stadium in London. The BT-owned mobile operator has been partnered with Huawei for network testing for over five years.

BT/ EE Managing Director of IT and Mobile, Fotis Karonis said: “We are committed to innovating, and to be pushing the mobile industry forward by delivering ground breaking mobile speeds and exceptional mobile experience for our customers. 

That’s the focus of our ongoing partnership with Huawei. We are working together to introduce Gigabit class networks to the UK’s cities, at the same time our rollout of 4G continues into the most rural parts of the country for ubiquitous high speed mobile broadband in the UK.”

The announcement came as Huawei unveiled that EE is one of a number of operators signed up to deliver “TechCity 2.0”,  a concept aimed at helping operators accelerate deployment of new mobile networks.

TechCity also functions as a trial field for end-to-end verification on business models of new technologies and services. It has been rolled out to more than 20 cities globally. 

TechCity 2.0 proposes a theme of a ‘Better Connected City’, the Chinese vendor said, and will include video optimization and a specific video experience measurement score referred to as vMOS, along with enterprise and public safety applications of Push To Talk capabilities over LTE.