Chinese equipment manufacturer ZTE Corp says it has been selected as the ‘primary strategic partner’ for Softbank Mobile’s new 4G network, just 24 hours after fellow equipment maker and rival Huawei Technologies announced its involvement in the same project. According to Bloomberg, ZTE reports it will build a 4G network for the Japanese cellco covering more than 90% of the population. However, the statement comes one day after Huawei reported it would be responsible for a portion of the network initially covering parts of Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka.
In a separate development, Softbank Mobile has picked Ericsson of Sweden to build its next generation packet core, as it readies itself for an anticipated increase in network traffic. Ericsson will implement its Evolved Packet Core (EPC) solution which will support Softbank’s advanced mobile broadband services when the 4G network goes online. The upgrade will benefit the cellco’s roughly 26 million subscribers and allow them to enjoy faster communication and an enhanced user experience, it said. Softbank Mobile will also benefit from a simplified network infrastructure allowing it to reduce costs for operational maintenance and equipment.