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Huawei shows off Maglev train LTE: photos

Representatives from network and telecommunications equipment supplier Huawei last week demonstrated the company's Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband running on the super-fast Maglev train in Shanghai.
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Promotional shot of the Maglev train at Huawei's Shanghai campus.

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The train runs on a magnetic levitation track that stretches for 31km from the centre of Pudong out to Pudong international airport. The train reaches a maximum speed of 431km/h with an average speed of 251km/h and a trip from end to end takes approximately seven minutes and 20 seconds.

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The Maglev train departs.

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Huawei boasts that the LTE network installed along the track will give passengers maximum uplink speeds of 50Mbps with a 99.5 per cent successful handover rate between cells.

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A Huawei LTE dongle on display at the Shanghai campus.

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Passengers board the Maglev train.

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The Maglev train reaching maximum speed while connected to the LTE network.

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As the train begins to depart, the connection to the LTE network maintains an average speed of around 46Mbps.

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As the train reaches its maximum speed of 430km/h the connection is maintained with very few drop-outs. However, as another train passed by, there was a drop-out during the demonstration.

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The LTE dongle uses a SIM card similar to 3G and 2G in mobile phones.

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The LTE dongle connected to the testing laptop at Pudong station.

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At maximum speed, the connection is maintained at an average of 36Mbps.

Josh Taylor travelled to Shanghai as a guest of Huawei.

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