ZTE has signed a contract with Slovak operator SWAN for a nationwide LTE network project. ZTE will exclusively construct a core CS/PS (circuit-switched/packet-switched) network and a GSM/LTE mobile communications network, involving the installation of more than 1,100 dual-mode GSM/LTE base stations for SWAN.
SWAN was granted the fourth wireless operator license in Slovakia in January 2014, and plans to roll out the 1,100 plus GSM and LTE base stations within three years.
ZTE will take the lead in substantial network development projects. It will be using its SDR (software-defined radio) solutions to provide seamless dual-mode GSM/LTE communications across the country.
To manage mobile communications across SWAN's spectrum structure, ZTE will use full-bandwidth, high-power RRUs (remote radio units) to avoid spectrum fragmentation and to deliver high bandwidth and LTE frequency adjustment.
The ZTE network’s ability to simply evolve to LTE-A will protect SWAN's existing investment and help the operator to respond quickly to competitive challenges.
Mr. Xie Junshi, CTO of ZTE Europe and America, said: "ZTE is looking forward to helping develop SWAN’s presence in Slovakia and to providing the most advanced high-speed communications to support SWAN grow and succeed in this highly competitive market. Through this project, ZTE and SWAN will enter a closer long-term strategic partnership."
The contract is the second of its kind won by ZTE in Eastern Europe this week. Earlier this week, ZTE announced it had won a deal with COSMOTE Romania to transform its existing 2G/3G network and build a new LTE network in southern Romania.