Ericsson continues partnership with China Mobile

20 Nov 2013

Swedish vendor Ericsson has announced that it has been chosen to deploy China Mobile’s Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) network in 15 provinces, adding in its press release that rollout has already begun. Ericsson will provide radio access networks (RAN) based on its multi-standard RBS 6000 base station technology – in accordance with the previous announcement that it won 11% of the mobile giant’s TD-LTE RAN tender – and 20% of the project’s evolved packet core (EPC) elements (alongside other vendors including Alcatel-Lucent which won 24% of the EPC rollout), as well as expanding and upgrading the existing base of the 2G/3G/4G core network. Ericsson will also provide network design and optimisation services. The 15 provinces covered by the deal contain 63% of the country’s population and include the nation’s three highest-GDP regions. While noting that Ericsson has no existing 3G network footprint with China Mobile, Jan Signell, head of the vendor’s North East Asia division, said: ‘We have been a trusted partner to China Mobile since its introduction of 2G and are committed to supporting the world’s largest LTE deployment.’

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