Ericsson has confirmed its contract with China Mobile, China’s largest mobile operator, to deploy TD-LTE infrastructure in 15 key provinces in China. These provinces are home to 63% of China's population and include the top three provinces in terms of GDP.
Ericsson is one of three Western companies to win a share of China Mobile’s 4G LTE roll out, along with Nokia Solutions & Networks and Alcatel-Lucent. Each has around 11% of the contract with Chinese vendors ZTE and Huawei accounting for the bulk of the roll out with a 50% share between them. Smaller Chinese vendors make up the rest of the contract.
This is the first phase of the world's largest TDD-LTE network deployment. Ericsson will deploy radio access networks based on its multi-standard RBS 6000. For the core network - which will be used for China Mobile's nationwide mobile network covering 2G, 3G and 4G - Ericsson has been selected to upgrade its installed base, equal to a market share of 40% in user data management (HLR/HSS).
In addition, Ericsson has been awarded 20% market share in evolved packet core (EPC) technology. Ericsson said this makes it China Mobile's main supplier in core infrastructure. However, Alcatel-Lucent announced on 14 November 2013 that it was supplying 24% of China Mobile’s EPC requirements (see link to story below). The scope of Ericsson’s contract also includes network design and optimisation services.
Ericsson had no 3G footprint with China Mobile, and this technology shift has strengthened Ericsson's market position, the company stated.
Jan Signell, head of Ericsson Region North East Asia, said: "We are pleased that our LTE TDD technology and services leadership are recognized by China Mobile. Our leading LTE TDD networks will bring unparalleled network performance to users and create new opportunities for innovations with connected devices and applications. We have been a trusted partner to China Mobile since its introduction of 2G and are committed to supporting the world's largest LTE deployment."
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