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Altair Chipsets Used in O2 Germany's LTE Trials

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Altair Semiconductor has announced that its chipsets will power the LTE router being used during O2's upcoming digital dividend and 2.6GHz friendly user trials in Germany. O2's LTE trial will allow residents of rural areas in Germany with O2 coverage to receive an LTE WiFi FRITZ!Box router from AVM and receive free service from O2 for six months.

Digital Dividend is UHF spectrum that, until now, has been used for analog television broadcasting. As greater numbers of consumers switch from analog to digital televisions, this spectrum has become available for use in carrying mobile broadband signals. 2.6GHz (Band 7) is the primary spectrum used for urban deployments.

"As one of the largest manufacturers of DSL Integrated Access Devices (IAD) in Europe, we wanted to be sure to work with a company able to effectively support the rigorous demands of this LTE trial," said Dr. Gerd Thiedemann, Head of Product Management at AVM. "Altair's FourGee-3100/6200 chipset, operating at digital dividend 800 Mhz and 2.6GHz, allowed AVM to integrate LTE, Wireless LAN and voice into one powerful device, the FRITZ!Box LTE."

Altair's FourGee-3100/6200 is a 3GPP LTE chipset that supports LTE throughputs of 100Mbps/50Mbps DL/UL respectively and supports both FDD and TDD variants using a single software, and covers any LTE frequency band in the range between 700-2700MHz.

"We are very proud to partner with AVM on this project and to further demonstrate the maturity and performance of our market-ready chipsets," said Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing and Business Development at Altair Semiconductor "We look forward to broadening our partnership with AVM and to rolling out our solutions in a number of their products over the coming months."

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