At the end of November at the Mobile Broadband Forum 2016 in Tokyo, a kind of in-house exhibition held by Chinese telecommunications supplier Huawei, the company presented the new WTTx 2.0 (wireless fiber to the x) standard.
Huawei sees the technology as a wireless alternative to FTTH (fiber to the home), i.e. for the provision of fiber-optic cables to households.
In particular in rural areas, it’s often difficult to set up a fiber-optic network, explains Yuefeng Zhou, Chief Marketing Officer for Huawei’s wireless network product line. With WTTx, though, it’s already proven possible to achieve data transfer rates of up to 1 GBit/s via LTE. The technology is not, however, limited to a single mobile communications standard. It also works with the LTE standard 4.5G, currently being introduced in Germany and also known as “LTE Advanced Pro”. It is also compatible with the upcoming 5G standard, due to launch in 2020 and anticipated to achieve data transfer rates of up to 100 GBit/s.