Alcatel-Lucent announced today that its LTE solution has been selected by China Telecom, the 3rd largest mobile operator in China, for a nationwide trial of LTE services. Alcatel-Lucent will supply both TDD and FDD flavors of LTE.
China is now the world’s largest market for mobile data services and smartphones, and is increasing at a rate of more than 50 percent each year. China Telecom currently has more than 181 million mobile customers throughout the country.
Alcatel also announced that China Mobile is deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s small cells in the world’s largest TD-LTE network. Alcatel-Lucent has completed small cell tests on high-traffic roads in the Zhejiang, Fujian, Liaoning and Shandong provinces and Downtown shopping Mall in Jiangsu. Alcatel-Lucent also is providing 24 percent of the Evolved Packet Core for China Mobile’s TD-LTE network.
Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio is a key piece of its new network. Alcatel-Lucent will provide 9,892 base stations as one of the top three suppliers for China Telecom’s deployment of LTE-TDD and LTE-FDD technologies in 12 provinces in China
China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier, with more than 750 million subscribers, and Alcatel-Lucent co-created the lightRadio 9768 Metro Radio Outdoor (MRO), which was launched in February 2013 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, said: “This is a significant win for Alcatel-Lucent, underlining the relevance and popularity of our LTE strategy. With this innovative platform, China Telecom will be able to launch its LTE services rapidly, allowing its customers to quickly enjoy the services enabled by this technology.”
China Mobile got access to 130MHz of spectrum, reports Unwired View, (in the 1880 -1900 MHz, 2320-2370 MHz, and 2575-2635 MHz bands). China Unicom will get 40MHz (2300-2320 MHz and 2555-2575 MHz bands), while China Telecom will also have 40MHz (2370-2390 MHz and 2635-2655 MHz bands) for their homegrown TD-LTE offerings.
4G licenses for FDD LTE services for China Unicom and Telecom will be issued separately. China Telecom said it will apply for a LTE FDD license once available. The carrier currently uses CDMA2000 3G networks, and has said in the past it would prefer to upgrade to LTE FDD technology.
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