Huawei says switches held fast during Haj

January 26, 2006

China's Huawei Technologies is boasting that its softswitch system helped Saudi Telecom sail through the crush of calls during the recent Haj.

Huawei said Thursday that cell-phone traffic in Saudi Arabia soared to 20 times above normal as more than 3 million Muslim pilgrims gathered in Mecca on Jan. 9 alone. Peak calling attempts reached 300,000 in one hour as the pilgrims called home or kept in touch with other participants in the holy march.

"Since the mobile users made calls at the same time period, it caused obvious peak traffic," Huawei said in a news release. "Millions of mobile users moved to the same direction at the same time according to the pilgrimage rite, so a large amount of location update and handover were generated."

Huawei said each of its GSM Mobile Softswitch Systems has the capacity to handle 1 million phone subscribers, making it the largest such switching system in the world. Switching refers to the interface between the cell tower and the phone grid.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Five things to watch at the IFA gadget show in Berlin

Related Stories

Britain gets first 4G mobile services

October 31, 2012

Britain's first super-fast 4G mobile Internet service was launched in 11 cities on Tuesday, allowing the kingdom to catch up with the global roll-out.

Smartphones dethrone feature phones in market

April 26, 2013

Industry tracker IDC on Friday reported that shipments of smartphones topped those of basic mobile phones for the first time ever in the first three months of this year.

China's Huawei hopes to make a name for itself

May 9, 2012

(AP) -- Will Americans buy a Chinese smartphone? We're about to find out, as Huawei, one of the world's biggest phone makers, is planning a big push into U.S. cellphone stores.

Recommended for you

Exploring the physics of a chocolate fountain

November 24, 2015

A mathematics student has worked out the secrets of how chocolate behaves in a chocolate fountain, answering the age-old question of why the falling 'curtain' of chocolate surprisingly pulls inwards rather than going straight ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.