ZTE Corporation has today (8 May 2012) signed a £46m strategic cooperation agreement with mobile operator Hi3G Sweden to deploy several thousand UMTS, TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE base stations to upgrade its 3G network and enhance its 4G network. The deal also covers the supply of auxiliary microwave and data transmission equipment over the next three years.
The agreement builds on a previous contract between the two companies for dual mode TDD and FDD-LTE equipment last year. The new agreement was signed in the presence of China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt during Wen’s recent visit to Sweden.
‘We are very glad to ink the deal with Hi3G in Sweden where the two companies launched the world’s first multi-mode LTE network,’ said Huang Zheng, CEO of ZTE Sweden. ‘The deployment of ZTE equipment in Sweden shows that we have achieved a world leading position in terms of telecoms technology, product solutions and services.’
ZTE said that its Uni-Ran solutions have effectively helped Hi3G Sweden to integrate multiple radio technologies into one network which began commercial operation at the end of 2011 and became Europe’s first large-scale TDD-LTE network.
In his keynote speech in February at MWC 2012 about the deployment of the multi-mode network, Hi3G Sweden CTO Jörgen Askeroth said: ‘Over the past 12 months, Hi3G Sweden and ZTE went all out to deploy the LTE network in Sweden. ZTE offers professional support and achieved the target commercial launch date of December 15, 2011. As of now, TDD performance is better than expected.’