PCCW, ASTRI team up for LTE Wi-Fi Aggregation trial in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong incumbent telco PCCW Group and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) announced they are collaborating for a trial of 3GPP Release 13 LTE Wi-Fi Aggregation (LWA).

LWA can help improve user’s experience by offering faster and more stable Internet service and better overall system performance, through efficient management of radio resources across both LTE and Wi-Fi networks.

The proposed LWA trial will enable ASTRI and PCCW Group to collect important field data towards enabling commercial LWA deployment in Hong Kong.

The strategic cooperation between ASTRI and the PCCW Group targets for the commercial LWA deployment in Hong Kong as one of the first deployments globally and is dedicated to achieving the following objectives:

  • To position Hong Kong as a leading city in the world to conduct a 3GPP Release 13 LWA trial.
  • To demonstrate the LWA benefits on enhancing user experience on LTE network.

Dr. Frank Tong, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI, and Susanna Hui, Group Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Director of PCCW, signed the collaboration agreement at a signing ceremony Tuesday.

“The joint effort marks a new milestone in our cooperation with the PCCW Group and together, we would move ahead to contribute our efforts in the transformation and betterment of Hong Kong and beyond with our communications technologies,” said Dr. Tong at the signing ceremony.

Hui added, “PCCW Group is enthusiastic about advancing wireless technologies together with ASTRI to the benefit of all walks of life in this mobile-centric era. This collaboration with ASTRI represents another key step toward PCCW’s commitment to promoting the development of innovation and technology in Hong Kong.”

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