Sina Tech, 10/10/11
Two of China's TD-LTE trial cities have reportedly deployed networks only half the size originally planned because two vendors - Samsung and New Postcom - have yet to enter the testing sites or install base station equipment. According to an industry source, the two firms previously had focused on 2.3GHz product development instead of 2.6GHz, the latter being the frequency used in China's TD-LTE trials.
A separate source involved in the TD-LTE trials revealed recently that 200 base stations were to be deployed over a 41.5 square kilometer testing area in Hangzhou in addition to 40 distributed indoor stations, but to date, following the end of phase 1 trials, only 100 macro base stations and 20 indoor stations have been installed.
According to plans drafted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's (MIIT) TD-LTE Working Group, a total of 1,200 TD-LTE base stations - including 1,100 macro base stations and 200 micro base stations - are to be built between Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen and Beijing. Eleven TD-LTE system equipment manufacturers were originally brought in to conduct the trials, including Huawei, ZTE (0763.HK; 000063.SZ), Datang Telecom (600198.SH), Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB), Nokia Siemens Networks, Ericsson, Motorola Mobility, Shanghai Potevio (600680.SH), Fiberhome Telecommunication Technologies (600498.SH) and the previously-mentioned Samsung and New Postcom.
MIIT's original plan was to assign each telecom manufacturer to one city for the duration of the network trial period, during which each firm would build 10 micro base stations and 100 macro stations.
In March, Huawei, ZTE and other equipment manufacturers began occupying their respective test sites, following by a a second group, which included Potevio, in May. The participating firms were assigned to the following cities: ZTE, Fiberhome (Guangzhou); Datang, Potevio (Nanjing); Huawei, Ericsson (Shenzhen); ABS (Shanghai); Nokia Siemens (Hangzhou); Motorola (Xiamen).