Telecom picks five vendors for FDD supply deal

16 Jan 2015

China Telecom has selected five vendors to supply it with Frequency Division Duplex Long Term Evolution (FDD-LTE) equipment for the second phase of its FDD/Time Division (TD) hybrid network rollout. Mobile World Live writes that Alcatel Lucent Shanghai Bell, Ericsson, Nokia Networks, ZTE and Huawei will provide the operator with base stations, an operation and maintenance centre and other network elements. Local news portal C114 added that domestic vendors ZTE and Huawei are understood to account for the lion’s share, together representing more than half of the total contract. China’s telecoms regulator the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has yet to assign concessions for FDD-LTE services, but has granted China Telecom and China Unicom permission to deploy trial hybrid FDD/TD-LTE networks. Licences for the home-grown TD-LTE 4G platform were handed to all three of the nation’s operators in late 2013, but Unicom and Telecom have been kept waiting for permission to use their preferred FDD standard on a wide scale.