ZTE Corporation has announced it will deliver Long Term Evolution (LTE) infrastructure equipment to telecoms company Hi3G, which plans to build LTE Frequency Division Duplex (FDD)/Time Division Duplex (TDD) dual-mode networks in two of the operator’s Nordic markets, Sweden and Denmark. The base stations will be based on ZTE’s Uni-RAN Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology, which will enable Hi3G to support all viable mobile standards and frequency bands, housing both the upgraded 3G network and the two versions of LTE: TDD and FDD. The SDR technology also makes it possible for Hi3G to perform upgrades of its infrastructure without acquiring new base stations. As part of the deal, ZTE will also deliver 3G infrastructure equipment to upgrade the operator’s third-generation network. Commenting on the agreement, Peder Ramel, CEO at Hi3G, said: ‘We have chosen ZTE for an additional 3G 900/2100 rollout and for LTE mobile broadband networks in Sweden and Denmark because of the possibility to house three different mobile standards in the same physical infrastructure and the low cost of ownership. Furthermore, ZTE advanced LTE dual-mode solutions and quick consignment responses really meet our requirements.’ Hi3G expects to develop its Swedish and Danish networks for mobile broadband during 2011 and will introduce LTE technology with download speeds of up to 100Mbps. Hi3G Access Sweden and Hi3G Access Denmark hold 50MHz and 25MHz of TDD spectrum, respectively.