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Telenor takes LTE to Hungary

The Hungarian subsidiary of European carrier Telenor has tapped Chinese equipment vendor ZTE to build a 4G LTE network supporting multi mode and multi band services.

Telenor, which used to operate under the brand name Pannon in Hungary, is the country’s second largest wireless carrier with 3.5 million subscribers at the end of June. The operator is sandwiched between T-Mobile with 4.8 million customers and Vodafone with 2.4 million.

Over the next five years ZTE will provide the company with radio and core infrastructure including its Uni-RAN platform and SDR functionality. The Chinese firm will expand and operate the GSM/UMTS/LTE network and deploy over 6,000 base stations, including LTE eNodeBs throughout the country.

In other LTE news, leading Italian operator, Telecom Italia, said it is undertaking a trial of LTE in collaboration with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) in Turin.

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6 comments

  1. Avatar room_101 24/08/2010 @ 3:30 pm

    Bid for LTE licence has not yet been in view in Hungary, so the title here should be just one letter different:
    “Telenor takes ZTE to Hungary”

  2. Avatar Johnqwong 24/08/2010 @ 5:00 pm

    Well, ZTE has passed MSF LTE IOT Testing. In my opinion, ZTE also has the ability and potential to gain more market share in LTE/EPC.

  3. Avatar Byron 24/08/2010 @ 5:13 pm

    Telenor and ZTE cooperation would be a win-win case.

  4. Avatar Gerry 25/08/2010 @ 10:38 am

    Seems LTE would be rolled out much earlier than expected in the markets….ZTE seems to be gaining quite a momentum.

  5. Avatar Steven 25/08/2010 @ 10:43 am

    Well ZTE is much open now and more flexible than their chiense counterparts. It’s technolgy also seems at same level with Ericsson and NSN. No wonder telenor tapped ZTE for 4G

  6. Avatar Goks 31/08/2010 @ 7:25 pm

    I don’t know of zte being at par technologically but no one can beat the Chinese in price, especially when they start giving away a bulk of the offer for free in exchange for references! Until these Chinese companies go public, every deal they make is dubious from an ethical point of view.

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