ZTE inks EV-DO Rev.B Phase 2 rollout deal with SSTL

19 May 2011

Chinese hardware vendor ZTE has been selected by Indian mobile network operator Sistema Shyam TeleServices (SSTL) to provide the latter with what the former claims is the world’s first commercial CDMA EV-DO Rev B Phase 2 deployment. According to ZTE, it will initially make the upgrade available in the Rajasthan circle, and the vendor has said that the introduction of the technology will enhance the speeds that SSTL can offer its customers. ZTE says that compared to Rev B Phase 1, Phase 2 can enhance capacity at base stations, as well as improve spectrum efficiency, and it claims that downlink rates of 4.9Mbps can be achieved for single carrier systems, while triple carrier systems can reach download speeds of up to 14.7Mbps. ZTE also noted that its solution, which is based on SDR Uni-RAN technology, can benefit from the system upgrade simply by changing the channel card and software. Alongside the Rev B deal, ZTE also revealed that it had been contracted by SSTL, which offers its services under the MTS India banner, for CDMA and EV-DO upgrade contracts in ten of India’s telecom circles. Commenting on the development, Vsevolod Rozanov, president and chief executive officer at SSTL, said: ‘We are excited to partner with ZTE Corporation for further up gradation of our telecom network including the CDMA EV-DO Rev B Phase 2 roll out. This would enable us to cater to the fast growing demand for high speed mobile broadband in the country.’