Carrier aggregation is a key feature that determines the speed of LTE networks. What if we could download files using Wi-Fi and LTE networks at the same time? It would be even faster! That’s why Huawei (or more specifically its Honor sub-brand) has developed a technology called Link Turbo. The only problem is that Samsung presented a similar solution (Download Booster) a few years ago, i.e. with the premiere of Galaxy S5.
Honor Link Turbo is a unique solution that speeds up the Internet operation on smartphones. However, this gain is not for free. This is done by simultaneously using two network access: Wi-Fi and LTE. This means that the smartphone will download data using both technologies.
Huawei Link Turbo works differently than Samsung Download Booster
The operators were not satisfied with the fact that Samsung equipped its smartphones with the Download Booster feature. It works in a very simple way. Data transmission takes place simultaneously via Wi-Fi and LTE cellular network. This means that the user is experiencing a faster-acting Internet. However, there is one problem. It turned out that this mode of operation quite significantly accelerated the consumption of the data packet. That’s why American operators decided to disable this feature in Samsung smartphones they sell. Huawei has prepared a solution that is… smarter.
Link Turbo technology is supposed to be successful because it uses artificial intelligence. Special algorithms try to determine the type of downloaded data and on the basis of this decide whether they will be sent via Wi-Fi or maybe LTE. By default, all data is downloaded via a Wi-Fi network. However, when the smartphone detects a link closure (this may be due to downloading a large file), the traffic generated by individual applications (e.g. Facebook or web browser) is redirected to the LTE network. Thanks to this, the usage of mobile data package is lower. This is due to the fact that the artificial intelligence algorithms ensure that the smartphone downloads only small portions of data using cellular networks. However, larger files should be downloaded using Wi-Fi.