ZTE has launched what it claims is the world’s smallest commercially available LTE base station, the ZXSDR BS8920. The company said the base station has the largest capacity of any LTE micro base station at 150Mbps with 2X10W transmit power and 2T4R modulation for a large footprint.
ZTE said that the BS8920 also offers significantly lower total cost of ownership due to reduced hardware, power consumption and deployment costs. The micro base station is aimed at the growing market for urban and indoor hotspot coverage. It can reduce hardware costs by up to 50% and cut deployment costs by 30% compared with other distributed base stations, ZTE claimed.
In a separate development, ZTE announced that it has completed the industry’s first interoperability test between TD-LTE terminals and non-LTE 2G/3G networks including GSM, UMTS and CDMA EV-DO systems.
‘The test shows that devices for TD-LTE networks are close to market availability and that ZTE’s extensive TS-LTE expertise ensures that our existing 2G and 3G networks are able to handle traffic from TD devices,’ said Wang Shouchen, general manager of ZTE TD products.