Feeds

China bets the house on LTE TDD

Ericsson gets the gig to unwire the Middle Kingdom with LTE variant

Boost IT visibility and business value

Swedish telecoms kit maker Ericsson has scored something of a coup by landing a deal with China Mobile to deploy LTE TDD, the variant of the LTE standard favoured in China, to 15 Chinese provinces that house 63 per cent of the nation's population.

China Mobile's decision to go with LTE TDD on such a wide scale is significant because the standard has not yet been widely adopted. The scale of this deal gives the standard very considerable momentum. China Mobile's massive customer base also means handset-makers are keenly interested in its choices, again making this a big moment for LTE TDD.

Ericsson's deal with the world’s largest mobile operator will see it supply radio access network (RAN) and Evolved Packet Core technology and expand the operator's core networks in regions which account for almost two-thirds of China’s population.

The Swedish giant said it has already started deploying its RBS 6000 base station technology to provide RAN capabilities, claiming an 11 per cent market share in this area awarded by China Mobile back in September.

In terms of the core networks upgrades covering 2G, 3G and 4G installed base, the firm said its latest contract gives it a 40 per cent market share in User Data Management – specifically its HLR&HSS optimised subscriber management technology.

Finally, Ericsson claimed to have been given a 20 per cent market share to supply China Mobile’s Evolved packet Core capabilities, making it the operator’s main supplier in this area.

However, the value of the deal was not disclosed.

“Our leading LTE TDD networks will bring unparalleled network performance to users and create new opportunities for innovations with connected devices and applications,” said Ericsson’s North East Asia boss Jan Signell in a canned statement.

“We have been a trusted partner to China Mobile since its introduction of 2G and are committed to supporting the world's largest LTE deployment."

The European giant has done well to fend off competition from local rivals Huawei and ZTE, which were awarded around 25 per cent each of a massive 20 billion yuan 4G contract by China Mobile back in September. As part of that deal, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and NSN were given around 10 per cent each.

With plans to build out around 200,000 TD-LTE base stations by the end of the year China Mobile’s is the largest 4G roll-out project in the world at the moment and so a key battleground for the industry’s big guns.

Today, Ericsson is claiming that half of the world’s LTE smartphone traffic runs over its networks, although in terms of revenue Huawei is virtually neck and neck now.

There’s certainly no love lost between the top two, especially given the European Commission’s continued concerns that Chinese players have been pocketing illegal state subsidies which allow them to undercut their European rivals in winning contracts. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices
Screw copper phone lines, we're UNIQUE, bleats telco
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp
Four routers rooted in SOHOpelessly Broken challenge
EE: STILL Blighty's best mobe network, says 'Frappucino' Moore
Fresh round of network stats fisticuffs possibly on the cards here
New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first
'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week
US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale
Broadcasters upset about coverage and cost as they shift up and down the dials
Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness
How sure are you of cloud computing now?
UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom
Regulator swallows this line and parrots it back out at us. What are they playing at?
What's the nature of your emergency, Vodafone?
Oh, you've dialled the wrong number for ad fibs, rules ASA
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.