China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom), one of the country's premier operators, selected Nokia Networks as its largest non-Chinese network equipment supplier in its Phase 2 LTE New Build tender.
Key highlights of the deal include:
- Compact and energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio 10 base station, a software-defined radio platform that can be flexibly configured to increase network capacity depending on data consumption.
- Cloud-ready network management system, NetAct, for effective and consolidated monitoring and optimisation of China Telecom's LTE network.
- Full suite of Professional Services such as network planning and optimization, network implementation, systems integration as well as hardware, software and competence development services.
Markus Borchert, president of Greater China Region, Nokia Networks, said: "After Nokia Networks' pivotal role in enabling China Telecom's LTE network in 2013, our partnership with the operator has reached a new dimension with this development. Apart from underlining China Telecom's faith in our capabilities to deliver on our commitments, this achievement also reiterates our stature as one of their preferred technology suppliers."
Taking into account all the operators in China, Nokia Networks said it is the top non-Chinese vendor in the country's 4G market. It claims its commercial 4G networks cover 23 provinces and municipalities (for 3 operators), including mega-cities like Beijing and Shanghai.
By the end of August 2014, over 100,000 TD-LTE cells had already been put on air by Nokia Networks. Also, in September 2014, Nokia Networks and China Telecom announced the world-first FDD- TDD carrier aggregation including a user device chipset.