China Mobile has successfully deployed the world’s first LTE TDD 8T8R Active Antenna Unit (AAU) in Hebei, China. It was also the first to install Huawei’s LTE TDD AAU with 10,000 Huawei 4T4R AAU units in 2013. Once 8T8R AAU was rolled out, China Mobile adopted this solution in Hebei province and plans a large scale deployment in the near future.
The newly improved Huawei AAU simplifies installation and has improved the cell edge download rate by 55 percent in field tests. It integrates the antenna unit and the remote radio unit (RRU) in one box, removing the need to install two units separately. This improved installation efficiency reduces ongoing maintenance costs and site space.
Huawei has implemented its AAU solution in more than 10 countries including the UK, Germany, Singapore, and Russia.