Etisalat Misr, Huawei complete CloudAIR spectrum sharing trial on 1,800 MHz band

Wednesday 7 March 2018 | 14:12 CET | News

Etisalat Misr and Huawei have completed the world’s first verification of the CloudAIR GL15MHz spectrum dynamic sharing system on Etisalat Misr's 1800 MHz network in Cairo, Egypt. The system enables spectrum dynamic sharing between GSM and LTE services, increasing both LTE data rate and cell capacity available in the 1800 MHz spectrum allocation. 

Compared to LTE 10 MHz, the average user throughput has increased by 20 percent on downlink, while peak throughput reached 92 Mbps. Compared to GSM 5 MHz and LTE 15 MHz without the CloudAIR feature, the GSM KPI remains stable without degradation. 

Etisalat Misr launched 4G services in November 2016 and currently serves 3.4 million LTE users, with the largest share of those users in Egypt. As users increasingly migrate to LTE, effective allocation of spectrum resources to handle the growing LTE data traffic has become a priority for Etisalat Misr. 

The CloudAIR system adopts Huawei’s proprietary algorithms to free operators from the restrictions of standard LTE bandwidth. The system ensures that scattered spectrum resources are fully utilized to deliver higher data rates and better user experience by increasing flexibility in the Resource Block allocation and spectrum allocation used by LTE. 

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