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Published on Aug 20, 2010
The agreement between Huawei and Bite was signed on June 11 in Shanghai, China, at the Pavilion of Latvia during World Expo Cooperation is established for a period of 5 years, however, most investment is going to be made already this year by changing all equipment on existing base stations.
Key customer benefits area:
o Wider network coverage with the same number of base stations
o Better sound quality -- feeling that a person talking to you on the phone is right next to you
o Faster speed for mobile transmissions (up to 21/5.8 download/ upload MB per second)
o 60% of 3G network till the end of 2010 Additionally and within Bite commitment to be an environmentally friendly company (Bite Green) -- we plan to achieve 35% decreased energy consumption, less base stations needed to cover larger territory (less emissions, less energy consumptions, less sites building)
All existing equipment that ensures voice and data services will be changed to Huawei equipment by November 2010 The equipment -- there are 2 main elements that is important to emphasize among all the new equipment
o Remote Radio Unit (RRU) - One of the key differentiated features of the new equipment is that the UMTS radio component instead of being part of the installation at the shelter it is installed on top of the tower, by the antennas. These are the RRUs and we install 3 RRU per BTS, one per cell. This RRU equipment is resistant to extreme temperatures, including -35C and +50C, which is fundamental as all the equipment is outdoors. o Use one multi-standard base station instead of two separate base stations for different standards is one of the key differences. With previous vendor we had a cabinet (base station) per technology / bearer (2G/EDGE, 3G). As you can see on the Huawei case, this very small in size piece of equipment is capable to handle both technologies in one box and when we will move to LTE, we won't need to add any additional equipment. We will just need to include a software upgrade and probably add some more power units and then we will have a LTE enabled BTS. With this equipment we will be able to improve coverage, deploy new technologies faster in the near future and reduce CO2 emissions.
Finally all the installed new equipment will provide data transfer speeds not seen in Latvia (and in fact ion very few places in Europe) until today.