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Rumor: Five Telecom Vendors Selected for TD-LTE Trials

China Business News, 3/28/11

A spokesperson for Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB), Alcatel-Lucent's flagship company in China, said that equipment vendors for upcoming trial deployments of China Mobile's (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) TD-LTE network have been selected. ASB will oversee trials in Shanghai, while Huawei will provide telecom equipment for trials in Shenzhen, Nokia Siemens Networks in Hangzhou, ZTE (0763.HK; 000063.SZ) in Guangzhou, and Datang Telecom (600198.SH) in Nanjing. Ericsson was reportedly not selected for first-round trials.

In addition to the aforementioned five cities, large-scale network trials will also be conducted in Xiamen, and a demonstration network will be set up in Beijing. "Large-scale testing will continue for approximately half a year," one Shanghai Bell spokesperson is quoted as saying, and full efforts are being made by China Mobile to extend commercial quality TD-LTE coverage to the above seven cities by Q2 2012. More than 1,000 base stations are currently in place.

Editor's Note: A source within China Mobile told Netease Tech that China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has already given approval for five selected telecom equipment providers and two chip manufacturers to begin large-scale TD-LTE technology trials. The five selected companies are Huawei, ZTE, Datang Telecom, Nokia Siemens and Shanghai Bell; the two chip manufacturers are Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon Technologies and Beijing-based chipset developer Innofidei.

Keywords: procurement China Mobile chipset coverage wireless 000063.SZ 0763.HK 600198.SH Datang Telecom Huawei ZTE Ericsson MIIT Nokia Siemens Networks ASB HiSilicon Innofidei CHL TD-LTE 0941.HK network construction mobile network equipment 4G

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