Nokia Solutions Networks has become the biggest non-Chinese vendor to bag a deal to provide the TD-LTE network for China Mobile. Alcatel-Lucent signed a similar deal with the operator last month.
The contract, which was won for an undisclosed price, means that NSN has been awarded 11 percent market share consistent with other non-Chinese vendors, with another low single digit share as a result of selling through resellers also selected by CMCC.
NSN will deploy key radio network elements for China Mobile’s 1.9 GHz, 2.6 GHz and 2.3 GHz frequency bands, including its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations. The solution will cover new single-mode implementation of the TD-LTE network, planning and optimisation, and care services.
In addition, NSN will deploy part of the network in TD-SCDMA / TD-LTE dual mode, supporting TD-SCDMA site software upgrade to the dual mode implementation.
“Our strong LTE market momentum, 15 years’ pioneering of TD technology, proven network deployment capability and longstanding presence in China clearly contributed to the operator's decision. We have the right capabilities, commitment and scale for this huge project,” said Markus Borchert, President of NSN’s operations in Greater China.
With approximately 650 million customers, China Mobile is one of the world’s largest operators.
The leading Chinese telecom vendors are currently Huawei and ZTE, while non-Chinese mobile equipment vendors are Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson.