Chinese equipment vendor ZTE Corp has announced plans to work with Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) to carry out Long Term Evolution (LTE) trials in the Philippines in conjunction with SingTel affiliate Globe Telecom. It is understood the two companies intend to work together to develop long-term planning for LTE network infrastructure projects as well as strategic management of the network. Under the tie-up, ZTE and SingTel will conduct a six- to nine-month trial, starting in early 2010, to assess market demand for broadband access services.
Last month SingTel announced its intention to conduct regional trials of LTE technology in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore in collaboration with Optus, Telkomsel and Globe Telecom. The group hopes the exercise will help it and its regional associates and joint ventures to better understand LTE and determine the best approach and strategy for its adoption in their respective local markets. Under the trial, SingTel plans to deploy LTE base stations and core network equipment for detailed field tests that will evaluate the features and end-to-end performance of the technology, which promises a peak speed of 340Mbps. Its press release went on to say that the tests will be conducted for a wide range of scenarios and conditions, including different frequency bands and urban environments.