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EE demos balloon backhaul system in pre-5G spectrum test

Tuesday 13 June 2017 | 08:45 CET | News
UK mobile operator EE announced tests of a new backhaul system that uses mini mobile sites attached to a helium balloon to provide 4G mobile coverage. The patent-pending 'Helikite' solution is expected to be used where permanent sites have been damaged by extreme weather and other disasters, or in areas where there is no 4G coverage. Demonstrated for the first time at BT's Innovation Week at its labs in Adastral Park, Ipswich, the system is part of BT's work on 5G development. The backhaul demo used 26GHz test spectrum to connect the Parallel Wireless small cell on the Helikite to an Athonet

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Companies: BT / EE
Countries: United Kingdom
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