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First commercial spectrum sharing solution deployed

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MTN SA has successfully commercially deployed Huawei’s CloudAIR 2.0 solution to share spectrum between 2G, 3G, 4G and NB-IoT radio technologies in the 900 MHz 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. Huawei’s CloudAIR 2.0 solution supports overlap of 2G, 3G, 4G and NB-IoT services in the 900 MHz spectrum band, which enables MTN SA to make more efficient use of its limited spectrum allocation, and achieve a 45% increase in LTE throughput within the band. 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 900 MHz band alongside GSM, UMTS and NB-IoT, while significantly improving LTE coverage and user experience.

Contact Bridget Bhengu, MTN SA, bridget.bhengu@mtn.com

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