3 Hong Kong has completed an end-to-end FDD and TDD LTE-Advanced (Lte-A) commercial network demonstration using carrier aggregation (CA) technology by partnering with Huawei and leveraging terminals powered by Qualcomm Technologies. The two companies also showcased an integrated FDD-TDD network across both the FDD and TDD standards within intra-band or inter-band carriers across different spectrums to deliver the higher data transmission rate and which can support innovative applications for the Internet-of-Things. The trial saw the Operator using Huawei One LTE Solution to aggregate an FDD carrier spectrum in the 1800 MHz or 2600 MHz band with TDD 2300 MHz spectrum.
According to Huawei, the converged network will increase network speeds and provide remarkable telecoms services for 3 Hong Kong users. Huawei added that devices that can support 2CC FDD and TDD LTE-A standards will be available early next year and 3 Hong Kong is expected to launch the respective network around that time. Additionally, 3 Hong Kong is in the deployment phase of 3CC CA-capable LTE-A networks, which it aims to make available for commercial launch in the second half of next year.