ZTE wins COSMOTE Romania LTE contract

Project will involve the upgrade of the existing 2GT and 3G network and the construction of a new LTE network in southern Romania

ZTE wins COSMOTE Romania LTE contract

ZTE has won a wireless project contract from COSMOTE Romania, the largest multinational mobile operator in the Balkans, to transform its existing 2G/3G network and build a new LTE network in southern Romania. The deal is expected to require construction of more than 3,000 base stations.

Based in Greece, COSMOTE Group has major operations in a number of Balkan countries including Greece, Albania and Romania. Deutsche Telekom is the largest of its shareholders, holding 40% of shares in Greece’s OTE Group.

In 2012, COSMOTE Romania won the auction for the 25M 1800M and 10M 2600M LTE spectrums and launched new LTE services to provide better customer experience and competitiveness.

In 2010, ZTE successfully completed a UMTS (universal mobile telecommunications system) project for COSMOTE Romania using ZTE’s SDR (software defined radio) technologies and network delivery capabilities. The previous cooperation on UMTS networks laid a solid foundation for further work on LTE projects between COSMOTE and ZTE.

Xiong Hui, SVP of ZTE, said: "ZTE is very grateful that COSMOTE Romania once again selected us as a strategic partner. With our series of innovative solutions, led by Cloud Radio, ZTE is taking the lead in the development of LTE technologies. The LTE network of COSMOTE Romania will use the world's most advanced products and solutions to enhance the customer experience. We will employ ZTE's best resources to make the project a successful one."

As of July 2014, ZTE said it has won 146 commercial LTE/EPC contracts around the world, covering 70% of the countries that have invested in LTE.

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