Nokia Networks and China Mobile have signed a framework agreement worth US$1bn for mobile communications equipment and services. Nokia is providing TD-LTE-Advanced technology and 2G/3G/4G core network solutions including Voice over LTE (VoLTE).
It will also provide software and professional services, including network planning, implementation and care and will support China Mobile's 4G network rollout during 2015 and beyond. The operator plans to deploy one million TD-LTE base stations by the end of the year to build the world's largest TD-LTE network.
Nokia said it will also help China Mobile drive the evolution of China's Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem by offering connectivity for healthcare, connected cars and other IoT applications.
In addition, Nokia Networks and China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on their strategic cooperation in the evolution and development of 5G.
The agreement was signed on 29 October by Li Huidi, Executive Vice President at China Mobile, and Hans-Juergen Bill, Executive Vice President at Nokia and also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia Networks GmbH & Co KG in Germany, in the presence of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Mike Wang, President of Greater China, Nokia Networks, said: "This major agreement with China Mobile marks another milestone in our more than 20 years of partnership in the area of telecommunications. Our agreement will further accelerate TD-LTE development in China and around the world. In addition, we are also helping China Mobile to support and promote the use of innovative IoT applications for areas as diverse as healthcare and connected cars."
Recent co-operation between China Mobile and Nokia Networks includes:
• Nokia Networks, Shanghai Mobile show world's first TD-LTE-Advanced small cell carrier aggregation in a live operator network
• China Mobile demonstrates 220 Mbps peak data transmission rates based on 3.5 GHz interband TD-LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015
• Nokia Networks enables China Mobile to support 1 million visitors at Auto Shanghai 2015
• Nokia Networks, China Mobile Shanghai support international sports event in Shanghai with record-breaking 600 simultaneous active TD-LTE users/cell
• Nokia Networks, China Mobile triple TD-LTE throughput using 3 carrier aggregation at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona
• Nokia Networks, China Mobile and Ooredoo achieve 4.1 Gbps speed with TDD-FDD carrier aggregation.