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Chinese hardware manufacturer Huawei Technologies, which has emerged from under the radar as a major player in networking infrastructure, used the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week to show off a wide range of consumer-oriented capabilities, from new mobile technologies and products to end-to-end mobile broadband solutions – some of which was demonstrated through its ability to enhance networked gaming…

Huawei may already be a big name in network technology ‚ it manufactures the 3G cards used by MTN in South Africa, for example ‚ but it has always been below the radar of consumer awareness. That seems about to change: it has entered the world of consumer experience under the theme ‚Convergence, Broadband, Green, and Evolution‚ , unveiled at the 2008 Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona last week.

Nevertheless, most of the technology it had on show was still aimed at networks and operators. It demonstrated its capability in upcoming technologies, including fourth-generation multi-mode integration base stations, UMTS/WiMAX femtocell home solutions, and LTE solutions. But when Huawei demonstrated the new big thing in mobile broadband, Long Term Evolution (LTE), it did so through applications like multiplex HDTV services and mutual gaming. With transmission speeds of up to 100 Mbps on show, it was clear that Huawei expected this technology to change the consumer experience to something unrecognisable from today.

Huawei also exhibited 5.76Mbps HSUPA high-speed data services, MBMS (Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service) solutions over HSPA, and interoperability Voice over IP demonstrations over different mobile standards. ‚Mobile network technology changes so rapidly that we are constantly having to design innovate solutions today that meet the future needs of the telecommunications industry,‚ said Yu Cheng dong, president of Mobile Network, Huawei. ‚Large-scale events like the Mobile World Congress offer opportunities for Huawei to showcase its expertise in innovation, integration, and convergence while also providing it with a platform to showcase its commitment to creating a better environment for human beings.‚ The theme ‚Convergence, Broadband, Green, and Evolution‚ gave Huawei the platform to demonstrate several customer-focused solutions: ‚Ä¢ A fourth-generation BTS platform: bridges the gap between different types of communication standards to achieve better integration and performance. ‚Ä¢ IP Bearer and multi-carrier technologies: helps operators save transmission costs, improve their quality of service, and speed up introduction of broadband services. ‚Ä¢ Huawei’s Green Site Solution: with highly-efficient power amplifiers, multi-carriers, distributed architecture and temperature controls, it can help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 60% and cut overhead costs by at least 30%.

Huawei Technologies provides next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world. Huawei’s products and solutions are deployed in over 100 countries and serve 31 of the world’s top 50 operators, as well as more than one billion users worldwide. Huawei’s global sales of mobile network solutions have enjoyed ten consecutive years of growth, with 2007 revenue topping US$7-billion.

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