Vodafone and Huawei demonstrate FDD, TDD LTE carrier aggregation?

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Vodafone and Huawei demonstrate FDD, TDD LTE carrier aggregation?
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Huawei Technology Co Ltd (SHE:002502) has made many announcements at MWC, but its news of a demonstration of carrier aggregation (CA) across FDD and TDD LTE modes – and specifically Vodafone Group plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD)’s involvement – is particularly interesting according toSteven Hartley, principal analyst at Ovum.

Hartley explains: “The benefit of CA across FDD and TDD LTE is that operators can combine cheaper TDD spectrum with more “traditional” FDD spectrum to boost capacity and downlink speeds. In this case the partners are promising over 500Mbps. The cost efficiencies for an operator of leveraging the full range of spectrum assets available is unquestionable, but most operators have so far shied away from the technical complexities involved.

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