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Huawei Helps IB-RED Spain Deploy the First Commercial LTE Network in Balearic Islands

Dec 29, 2014
[Shenzhen, China, December 29, 2014]

Huawei announced that IB-RED, a Spanish wireless network service provider, deployed Huawei’s enterprise LTE (eLTE) solution, including a 4G ultra-wideband wireless network, to cater to increasing demand for fast Internet access, voice over IP (VoIP), and multimedia services by tourists to the Balearic Islands. 

"We are pleased to work with Huawei and have been impressed by the eLTE solution’s high-performance devices and quality services. The eLTE network on Majorca now provides a downlink data rate 50 times that of the previous WiMAX network, ensuring both visitors and residents can enjoy stable high-speed access and unlimited download service anytime, anywhere on the island,” said Mr. Alberto Navarro, Chief Executive Officer, IB-RED. 

A popular tourist destination in Spain, the Balearic Islands welcome an average of 20 million visitors from all around the globe each year. However, the increasing demand for broadband from tourists meant that overall service experience was degraded due to weak network coverage, slow data transmission speed, and severe signal interference. This led to IB-RED requiring an upgrade of its existing networks built on the islands, which feature WiMAX and Wi-Fi technologies that run on the 5.8 GHz free band. 

Huawei’s eLTE solution supports a coverage radius of 15-25 km (using a single eNodeB) and a maximum downlink data rate of up to 100 Mbit/s to coat the widely scattered and sparsely populated Balearic Islands. The ultra-long distance coverage and high downlink data rate is achieved by Huawei’s new-generation distributed base station DBS3900 and high-performance customer premises equipment (CPE) terminals, and supported by the 4-transmit-4-receive (4T4R), and high-gain antennas. In addition, a compact evolved packet core (EPC) solution is used to integrate all core network element (NE) functions into one rack, reducing network deployment complexity and helping to save on previous technology investments. Huawei’s technical support center in Western Europe also provides full service operation and maintenance support for the ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless network during and after deployment. 
To date, IB-RED has successfully deployed an eLTE network on the islands of Majorca and Ibiza, and plan to roll out the eLTE network on the remaining Balearic Islands of Menorca and Formentera in the future.

 IB-RED engineers installing eLTE equipment
With extensive R&D capabilities and in-depth understanding of customer needs, Huawei has provided its innovative eLTE solution to cater to a variety of industries in Europe. In the future, Huawei will continue to work with partners to provide competitive solutions for customers across different industries.