Huawei sharpens Blade with Omnitel deployment

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Huawei has made the first commercial deployment of its "zero footprint" Blade base station, working with Omnitel in Lithuania.

The vendor said unit can be mounted on walls, poles and rooftops, with it claiming installation efficiency and deployment time can be reduced by up to 75 percent. The Blade can support a combination of baseband unit, radio frequency and power modules and works with GSM, UMTS and LTE networks.

Both companies have been working together since Huawei embarked on a modernisation of Omnitel's radio access network earlier this year. Omnitel, a subsidiary of Teliasonera, is the biggest mobile operator in Lithuania.

Mindaugas Varanauskas, Chief Technology Officer, Omnitel, said: "Omnitel is a market leader in technical innovations and has the largest 4G LTE network in the country, covering more than 65 percent of the Lithuanian population. As we continue our 4G network roll-out across Lithuania, the deployment of the Huawei Blade Site solution will accelerate the speed of network construction and reduce operational expenses, enabling us to deliver on our goal of providing the best 4G network experience to our customers more efficiently."

Lu Yong, President, Huawei Central and Eastern Europe and Nordic region, said: "This joint innovation solution between Huawei and Omnitel in Lithuania is the world's first commercial use of the Huawei Blade Site solution. Huawei and TeliaSonera Group will build on our strategic partnership to achieve greater business success through the deployment of more innovative and competitive solutions in the region."

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