Alcatel-Lucent to partner with China Mobile on “world’s largest” TD-LTE trial

Alcatel-Lucent is to partner with China Mobile on what it says is the world’s largest 4G TD-LTE trial network. The trial, which will cover six major Chinese cities including Shanghai and Beijing, follows the successful completion of interoperability tests which began in January 2010.

Shanghai will now be the site for an end-to-end LTE solution for China Mobile’s large scale TD-LTE trial, which is geared towards the rollout of high-speed services such as 3D gaming, high-definition video, FTP transmission and high-speed internet.

According to Alcatel-Lucent, the network will also “enable new industries with LTE connectivity like the automotive and multi-industry ecosystem development” through the “ng Connect” programme launched two years ago.

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According to Alcatel-Lucent Asia Pacific’s Rajeev Singh-Molares, China Mobile-developed TD-LTE “is emerging as the 4G standard for TDD spectrum globally.” The tests were conducted in both the 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz frequency bands for indoor and outdoor deployments using Alcatel-Lucent LTE base stations and evolved packet core kit. At the recent Mobile World Congress, it partnered with China Mobile and Audi to demonstrate a range of in-vehicle applications that worked on a converged Time Division Duplex (TDD) and Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) network capable of using a common LTE ecosystem across both modes.

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