Alcatel-Lucent has successfully completed the worldwide first long term evolution (LTE) data call on the 800 MHz “European Digital Dividend” (EDD) spectrum band in a live network.
The call was completed in October at Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G/LTE end-to-end solutions center in Stuttgart, Germany, involved transmitting high-definition video streaming over the air using Alcatel-Lucent’s commercial infrastructure platforms and prototype mobile devices.
This first EDD call in a live LTE network marks a milestone for the introduction of LTE in the European market, and highlights Alcatel-Lucent’s readiness to provide mobile operators with a commercial solution as soon as regulatory decisions on EDD will be made.
In Germany, for instance, a frequency auction including the 800 MHz spectrum band is expected to take place in the 2nd quarter of 2010. The 800 MHz spectrum is particularly well suited to bringing mobile broadband Internet services to rural areas.
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