First in Europe, TIM has launched Huawei’s innovative CloudRAN technology in the southern Italian city of Palermo with the aim of deploying an intelligent and innovative 4G network. The operator intends to leverage the cloud technology to improve performances of its 4G network by optimizing spectrum resources according to different application requirements.
CloudRAN is a wireless access network technology that allows centralized control of radio signals, allowing Operators to coordinate radio coverage and extend LTE Advanced performances. Huawei claims that the first CloudRAN network entails significant benefits, including increased Carrier Aggregation coverage and higher speeds in download and upload.
According to Huawei, the CloudRAN architecture allows improved user experience of mobile broadband services and facilitates mobile network operations. It offers high quality/high resolution video and image sharing in mobility, along with the transmission of videos in real time such as video surveillance or TV images, as well as immediate updates to cloud applications which rely on higher upload and download speeds.
TIM had already tried Huawei’s CloudRAN technology in its Turin TIMLab and the excellent results in terms of performance and capacity stimulated the “live” trial with TIM customers in Palermo, the first ones in Europe to benefit from the new technology.