Telecom Lead Asia: Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE
has passed the second phase of a national multi-mode TD-LTE network validation
trial in China.
For the second phase of the trial, ZTE covered cities
such as Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Xiamen.
ZTE claims that it is placed as the first-in-line vendor
that would be authorized to deploy commercial TD-LTE networks once these are
approved for use by the Chinese government.
The trial was undertaken by the People’s Republic of
China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and China Mobile.
Of the 11 systems vendors that participated in the second
phase of the trial, ZTE was the only company that passed requirements in the
test fields of chipset, terminals and systems.
The ZTE ZX297502 chipset is the first and only
TD-LTE/TD-SCDMA/FDD-LTE/GSM multi-mode single chipset to pass the technical
requirements in the second phase of trial. ZTE’s single-chip technology
supports fast switching across different modes. It also ensures low power
consumption by terminal products and longer standby times.
“Innovation is fundamental to our enterprise. Our
success in this trial is evidence of that fact. It represents our commitment to
drive the development of commercial TD-LTE networks around the world,” said ZTE
Chairman Hou Weigui.
ZTE holds approximately 2,000 LTE patents, accounting for
7 percent of the worldwide total.
The company has built seven TD-LTE commercial networks
across the globe.
It has built 50 percent of the base stations for
Softbank’s Japan network.
The company has signed LTE-FDD/TDD construction
agreements with Hutchison Whampoa Hi3G and provides service across a number of
northern European countries.