CSL and ZTE reveal 900MHz 3G expansion plans, showcase LTE

3 Sep 2009

Hong Kong cellco CSL New World Mobility and Chinese technology provider ZTE Corp have announced plans to expand CSL’s ‘Next G’ 3G/3.5G network by rolling out UMTS-based services in the 900MHz frequency band, whilst also building a so-called ‘4G’ Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. This week the two partners, which launched a commercial HSPA+ upgrade to the Next G network in March, gave a live demonstration of LTE technology, demonstrating peak download speeds in excess of 100Mbps, although they did not announce a timeline for its commercial introduction. CSL’s chief technology officer, Christian Daigneault, said: ‘Deployment of mobile services using UMTS in the 900 spectrum range is designed to increase outdoor coverage and in-building penetration rates; something that is vitally important in Hong Kong with its high density urban environment,’ whilst the cellco’s CEO Tarek Robbiati added: ‘CSL has devoted major investment to build one of the world’s most advanced networks in Next G with more than 2,200 sites throughout Hong Kong all operating with HSPA+ which provides a peak throughput of 21Mbps. We are now expanding our coverage even further with UMTS-900, and we will continue to invest in 4G LTE through our strategic partnership with ZTE.’

Hong Kong, CSL (now part of HKT/PCCW), ZTE