Hutchison awards Swedish, Danish LTE contracts to Huawei and ZTE, report says

26 Jan 2011

According to a report on Chinese ICT website C114, Hong Kong-based group Hutchison Whampoa’s cellular subsidiaries Hi3G Access Denmark and Hi3G Access Sweden, which offer services under the ‘3’ brand, signed contracts with ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies for the rollout of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband infrastructure on 23 December 2010. The rollout plan is reportedly based on dual-mode TDD/FDD spectrum in the 2600MHz band, and will initially call for ZTE to deploy 500 base stations in Sweden, with expansion to 1,000 base stations later. TeleGeography’s 4G Research Service says that in May 2008 3 Sweden was awarded 2×10MHz FDD spectrum in the 2600MHz band for SEK296.6 million (USD43.6 million), whilst in the same auction Intel Corp acquired 50MHz of TDD frequencies for SEK159.3 million. CommsUpdate reported in December 2010 that 3 Sweden was awaiting regulatory clearance to buy Intel’s TDD spectrum to help it launch LTE in 2011. In May 2010 Hi3G Access Denmark won 2×10MHz paired (FDD) and 25MHz unpaired (TDD) spectrum in the 2600MHz band.