China Mobile, Alcatel-Lucent and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) have completed the initial phase of testing a trial Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) network in Shanghai. The trial network covers Shanghai’s financial and business districts Lujiazui and Zhangjiang and uses the Paris-based vendor’s end-to-end LTE solution including base stations – which it dubs ‘eNodeBs’ and its Evolved Packet Core. With the completion of the first phase, the trio will begin the second round of testing and expanding the network.
The trial network is part of a wider programme orchestrated by China Mobile and MIIT to demonstrate the speed and reliability of TD-LTE networks. The trial network in Shanghai is the first step towards establishing a ‘Smart City Demonstration Zone’, an area that allows the partners to showcase services available with the technology such as high definition video conferencing and 3D gaming. The ministry is pushing the platform forward as the means to meet China’s soaring demand for wireless broadband.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, between June 2010 and June 2011 the number of 3G subscribers in China more than tripled from 25.2 million to 80.5 million.