China Mobile to deploy Alcatel-Lucent small cells in its TD-LTE network

Deployment follows China Mobile’s nationwide TD-LTE license award and successful trials of Alcatel-Lucent’s Metro Cell solution in several cities in China

China Mobile to deploy Alcatel-Lucent small cells in its TD-LTE network

China Mobile, China’s largest mobile service provider, is deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s small cells solution in what will be the world’s largest TD-LTE network. The deployment follows the award of China’s 4G license and the successful small cell trials in several highly populated cities of China.

As part of the trial, Alcatel-Lucent completed small cell tests on high-traffic roads in the Zhejiang, Fujian, Liaoning and Shandong provinces and Downtown shopping Mall in Jiangsu

China Mobile and Alcatel-Lucent co-created the lightRadio 9768 Metro Radio Outdoor (MRO), which was launched in February 2013 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Metro Cell solution will enable China Mobile to meet the surging capacity demands for ultra-broadband access in urban areas across China in the most effective and economical way.

Small cells are a critical component of LTE ultra-broadband deployments as they enable operators to boost coverage and capacity in busy areas such as shopping malls, sports stadiums and high-traffic roads. By bringing the base station closer to the end user small cells assure exceptional mobile broadband including enriched multimedia services wherever consumers are located.

Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, said: “We are pleased to be working closely with China Mobile on the deployment of their 4G TD-LTE services. The application of our co-created small cells technology underlines the closeness of our co-operation. By leveraging our innovations and experience driving 4G adoption worldwide, Alcatel-Lucent will continue to support China Mobile’s delivery of quality services enabling ultra-broadband mobile access.”

China Mobile selected Alcatel-Lucent’slightRadio Radio Access Network (RAN) as part of the world’s largest deployment of a high-speed TD-LTE mobile broadband network. The company is also providing 24% of the evolved packet cCore for China Mobile’s TD-LTE network 

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