ZTE launches high-bandwidth millimetre wave AAU

9th May 2023
Harry Fowle

ZTE has launched a new-generation large-bandwidth millimetre wave AAU in partnership with AIS.

This milestone was celebrated at the joint innovation centre in Bangkok. This millimetre wave AAU is the world's first to support 1.2GHz bandwidth and above, with a maximum bandwidth of 1.6GHz.

During the on-site live demonstration, the NR-DC mode was utilised along with the 1.2GHz bandwidth millimetre wave spectrum owned by AIS. The peak rate of single-sector MUs was measured to reach 22.01Gbps in the downlink and 4.32 Gbps in the uplink, which greatly exceeds the industry average. It is widely known that millimetre wave offers rich spectrum resources, and many operators have access to millimetre wave spectrum over 1GHz. The ultra-large bandwidth and high capacity of this single AAU will help operators to make full use of their millimetre wave spectrum potential. 

AIS possesses millimetre-wave spectrum resources with 1.2GHz bandwidth and a strong demand for large-bandwidth millimetre-wave equipment. However, the typical maximum OBW of millimetre-wave in the industry is 800MHz, which makes it uneconomical for operators to deploy mmW. With the launch of ZTE’s new-generation ultra-high-bandwidth millimetre wave product, AIS can fully utilise its rich spectrum resources while also benefiting from high network capacity. Furthermore, when combined with industry application requirements, this technology will enable AIS to tap into vertical industry business opportunities.

Moving forward, AIS will continue its in-depth cooperation with ZTE to lead the industry development, explore innovative technologies, verify solutions, and improve network performance. This partnership will promote the development of vertical industries and support the digital transformation of industries. Together, AIS and ZTE will explore the great potential of 5G networks in the digital economy era, and jointly build the best 5G network in Southeast Asia.

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