China Telecom has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) as a key partner for its deployment of Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, the vendor announced in a press release yesterday. Under the deal, NSN will provide its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations as well as network launch optimisation, and supervision and care services. Further, NSN will supply its intelligent network management system, NetAct for the comprehensive management of the operator’s multi-vendor network. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, earlier this month the Chinese operator enlisted French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent to provide equipment for its 4G network trials.
In related news, China Mobile, the world’s largest cellco by subscribers, will offer more than 200 different 4G-compatible handsets next year, Marbridge Daily quotes the carrier’s chairman Xi Guohua as saying. The cellco’s portfolio will include a handset priced at CNY1,000 (USD163.52) as well as a number of self-branded 4G terminal devices and phones. Sales volumes for the cellco’s 3G TD-SCDMA handsets are expected to exceed 155 million units by the end of the year with handset subsidies due to pass CNY27 billion, whilst according to Xi the provider anticipates that it will sell more than 100 million Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) handsets in 2014.