Popular mobile phone OEM, Huawei, have announced the world’s first LTE TDD wireless broadband router that will be available in October, this year, through Saudi Arabian operator, Mobily. The Huawei B593 supports FDD and TDD with speeds upto 100Mb/s. It can also support 32 Wi-Fi devices, as well as desktop PCs through wired connection. Mobily is currently the largest mobile broadband service provider in Saudi Arabia and a subsidiary of multinational UAE telecom operator Etisalat. The B5393 will allow Mobily to serve more customers, primarily in the scarcely-populated deserts in West-Asia, where fixed network infrastructure is not commercially feasible.
Paving the future
Aircel and Huawei have already successfully tested LTE TDD in India and there are plans to launch the service very soon. The B593 will subsequently make its way worldwide wherever LTE TDD networks have been commercially setup. This makes it an ideal candidate for a home entertainment setup as it provides simultaneous high speed Internet access, high-definition video downloads and real-time video viewing and transmission. This is also perfect for SOHOs and small businesses with its connectivity options to VOIP telephone and fax, printers and other office equipment.
With 3G data rates still on the pricey side, it will be some time till LTE actually makes a big impact in India, whenever it launches.