Huawei has rolled out what it claims is the world’s first LTE TDD wireless broadband router, the Huawei B593. It will be available through Saudi Arabian operator Mobily in October this year, in conjunction with the commercial availability of large-scale LTE TDD networks worldwide. The Huawei B593 supports LTE TDD and FDD, features a download speed of up to 100M and provides access to up to 32 WiFi devices as well as desktop computers through an Ethernet cable. The Huawei B593, claims the company, represents yet another LTE-first for Huawei, after the launch of its LTE FDD wireless broadband router in Germany in December 2010, underscoring Huawei’s leadership in the LTE arena.
Hu Guangping, head of Mobile Broadband LTE division, Huawei Device, said, “The Huawei B593 provides bandwidth comparable with that of fixed broadband. In addition to the obvious benefits this brings consumers, operators now have the ability to provide superfast Internet access without the need for fixed network infrastructure. This enables operators to expand their subscriber base in a more flexible and cost-effective way. The B593 is testimony to Huawei’s leadership in LTE. Our early investment in LTE has brought us a large number of core technology patents and we are one of the few vendors in the industry that can provide both LTE TDD and LTE FDD end-to-end solutions. Our focus on the needs of our customers – operators and consumers – is a key reason that Huawei continues to provide industry-leading products such as the B593, LTE datacards and LTE wireless broadband routers, as well as our award-winning Mobile WiFi products.”
The Huawei B593 is said to be an ideal home entertainment and information exchange hub, providing multiple devices simultaneous high-speed Internet access, high-definition video downloads and real-time video viewing and transmission. The B593 is also perfect for small office / home offices (SOHO’s) and small businesses with its connectivity options to VOIP telephone and fax, printers and other office equipment.
Mobily is the largest mobile broadband service provider in Saudi Arabia and a subsidiary of multinational UAE telecom operator Etisalat. The Huawei B593 will enable Mobily to serve more consumers, particularly in scarcely-populated deserts in West Asia where investment in fixed network infrastructure is huge and returns-on-investment is slow.