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NEW DELHI: Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei said that it has won the ‘Best Mobile Network for Airports’ award with a leading indoor digital MBB solution at the Airport Construction Summit 2016, which was held in Shanghai, China.
This prestigious award is presented to global ICT providers for their outstanding achievements and contributions to building smart airports and improving network experience for air travel passengers and operational efficiency for global airports.
A thriving travel market will further boost data traffic volume. TripBarometer report from TripAdvisor shows that 87% of global passengers use mobile devices and expect to stay connected to the Internet when travelling, especially when they are at airports. Nowadays, the demand for new airport services is growing all the time. Passengers need real-time flight status updates, baggage claim notices and in-airport navigation services on smart devices. Good radio broadband coverage is becoming an indispensable requirement for airports across the globe, not only to passengers but also to airport operators and carriers.
Due to inferiority in network capacity and data rate, despite wide deployment at global airports, Wi-Fi networks fail to address the high-quality mobile broadband demands of passengers and airport operators. Traditional indoor radio coverage networks, which are based on distributed antenna system (DAS) technology to primarily address the needs of voice services, can by no means meet the service demands needed for high-definition voice and video in the 4G era.
To address the challenge, Huawei offers a Small Cell based indoor digital MBB solution that delivers an excellent mobile broadband experience and digital smart services to passengers at airports. This solution consists of Huawei’s digital indoor coverage system LampSite and capability openness platform Service Anchor.
LampSite features support for huge capacity, multiband and multimode applications, and E2E transparent OM. With these features, it can significantly improve network coverage for airports and boost data rates for end subscribers, making ubiquitous high-quality mobile broadband service experience a reality. Huawei’s network capability platform Service Anchor helps further tap into the potential of LampSite digital networks by providing passengers with digital, smart value-added services based on indoor locations, such as indoor navigation and passenger flow analysis.
So far, Huawei’s indoor digital MBB solution has registered wide deployment at airports across the world, serving millions of passengers. Commercial deployment of this solution has already been deployed at Beijing Capital International Airport, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, Wuxi Sunan International Airport, Haikou Meilan International Airport, Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport, and Soekarno–Hatta International Airport.
At Beijing Capital International Airport, more than 2200 pRRUs were deployed in just three months, delivering blanket coverage across the world’s second-busiest airport, from the departure lounge, arrival lounge, baggage claim area, to the VIP service areas, airport office areas, parking lots and basements. LampSite is easy to deploy and greatly facilitates project engineering, requiring less than half of the time required for traditional DAS deployment. Tests conducted after LampSite deployment showed that the peak download provided to end users reached 140 Mbit/s, with an average downlink rate of 115 Mbit/s.
Qiu Heng, President of Huawei Wireless Marketing Operations Dept, said, “Huawei stays committed to improving the indoor mobile broadband experience at large transportation hubs across the world by developing and applying innovative indoor digital MBB solutions. At the same time, Huawei will work closely together with our vertical partners to achieve win-win advantages by enabling network capability openness to support digital value-added services.”
As of now, Huawei Small Cells have been commercially deployed by more than 180 operators across the world.
According to the latest survey by Dell’Oro, a renowned analyst company, Huawei’s Small Cell market share remained in a leading position. Additionally the competitiveness of Huawei’s Small Cell solutions was also proven when it took the top spot in the quadrant of leaders section of Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for Small Cell Equipment. Huawei’s Small Cells have additionally received several ‘Best Innovation in Heterogeneous Networks’ awards and in 2015, Huawei Small Cells won the ‘Best Mobile Infrastructure Award’, the highest award presented in this industry.