China Mobile and Nokia ink USD970m TD-LTE deal

13 Oct 2014

China Mobile has signed a USD970 million deal with Finnish vendor Nokia Networks for the provision of Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) equipment. Under the terms of the deal, Nokia will supply its Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and GSM wireless networking equipment, core application platforms, operation support system (OSS), software and services to support the cellco’s 4G network rollout in 2014 and 2015. In a press release from Nokia, the vendor’s regional chief Markus Borchert noted: ‘This contract marks another milestone in the strategic partnership between China Mobile and Nokia Networks. We have been closely cooperating throughout the past years to jointly commercialise and globalise TD-LTE, and this agreement will further accelerate 4G TD-LTE development in China as well as worldwide.’ As previously noted by CommsUpdate, China Mobile has signed up 40 million 4G users since launching its TD-LTE network in December last year, and its 4G platform now consists of more than 500,000 base stations in upwards of 300 cities.