China Mobile said seven manufacturers will supply gear for their advanced TD-LTE network, but stopped short of disclosing exactly how the work will be divided.
ZTE announced today that it has won the contract for China Mobile’s TD-LTE rollout in five major Chinese cities. ZTE will construct China Mobile’s TD-LTE networks in Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shenyang.
Alcatel-Lucent said it won a contract to deliver “the largest share of basestations” on the TD-LTE trial network. Under the contract, Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent’s China subsidiary, will supply about 3,000 basestations in Shanghai, Nanjing and Qingdao in early 2013. The rollout follows a comprehensive trial of TD-LTE technology. Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile are conducting joint lightRadio nanocell research in China.
Alcatel-Lucent is supplying China Mobile with a complete end-to-end TD-LTE solution including Lucent 9926 Digital 2U eNodeB, a TD-LTE Remote Radio Unit (RRU) for the multiple spectrum bands, as well as core networking equipment and the Alcatel-Lucent’s 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) network management tool.
China Mobile launched the TD-LTE bidding in August 2012. The tender included contracts for some 20,000 base stations and 52,000 carrier sectors. TD-LTE devices purchased by China Mobile will be deployed in an expanded trial TD-LTE network in 13 Chinese cities, namely Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Qingdao, Tianjin, Shenyang, Ningbo, Chengdu and Fuzhou.
Ten major telecom firms including ZTE, Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens bid for the contract.
ZTE was assigned 50 percent of the construction work for China Mobile’s earlier TD-LTE project in Hong Kong. That project teamed ZTE and Ericsson to deploy both TD and FD LTE using a single wireless base station.
3 Group was the first to deploy a dual-mode TD/FD-LTE network in Sweden, and China Mobile’s Hong Kong unit followed suit. China Mobile received its Hong Kong LTE-TDD license in February 2012 for the 2330MHz-2360MHz of 30MHz frequencies. China Mobile aims for dual-mode coverage of over 70% of Hong Kong, with commercial TDD/FDD services expected by the end of the year once devices supporting both modes are sufficiently available.
ZTE has constructed various trial LD-LTE networks and 9 commercial networks for 38 operators in 26 countries of Europe, CIS, Asia Pacific, Southeast Asia and North America.
Ovum predicts TD-LTE will go “mainstream” over the next four years, with 25 percent of all LTE connections forecast to include TD-LTE by 2016.
ZTE reported third-quarter losses of as much as 2 billion yuan ($318 million). The company said its results during the period were hurt by the Iranian market. The United States is investigating the company over the sale of banned U.S. computer equipment to Iran, which could be used to monitor landline, mobile and Internet communications. ZTE said it is cooperating with U.S. authorities.