MTN has announced the commercial deployment of Huawei’s CloudAIR 2.0 service – which will allow the network to share spectrum between 2G, 3G, 4G and NB-IoT radio technologies in the 900MHz band.
MTN SA and Huawei established a Joint Innovation Programme in 2017 to research and trial innovative technologies, such as CloudAIR 2.0, in MTN SA’s network.
CloudAIR 2.0 supports the overlap of 2G, 3G, 4G and NB-IoT services in the 900MHz spectrum band, which MTN says will enable it to make more efficient use of its limited 900MHz spectrum allocation – and achieve a 45% increase in LTE throughput within the band.
According to Edward Deng, president of wireless network product line of Huawei, the spectrum ‘cloudification’ sharing capabilities of CloudAIR 2.0 can allocate and adjust spectrum resources according to the changes of mobile traffic, and avoid legacy radio access technologies from occupying prime spectrum.
“Spectrum is an extremely precious asset. This new network optimisation technique improves spectral efficiency and gives MTN the ability to deploy LTE within the same 900MHz band alongside GSM, UMTS and NB-IoT, while significantly improving LTE coverage and user experience,” said Giovanni Chiarelli, chief technology and information officer for MTN SA.