NSN gets 11 percent of China Mobile’s LTE tender

China Mobile (CMCC), the leading mobile operator has awarded Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) 11 percent market share of its LTE tender.

NSN’s share in the operator’s TD-LTE network roll-out highlights its position as a leading non-Chinese vendor in the highly competitive Chinese market. The company is 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 secured an entry into six new provinces compared to its TD-SCDMA footprint in China.

Under the contract, 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 innovative Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations. The solution will cover new single-mode implementation of the TD-LTE network.

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. NSN is the only non-Chinese vendor to support TD-SCDMA evolution to TD-LTE. The contract also covers network implementation, planning & optimization and care services.

The cooperation between the two companies extends over 20 years from CMCC’s first GSM network, over the development and implementation of CMCC’s TD-SCDMA 3G technology to the pre-commercial trial of the operator’s TD-LTE network.

“We are truly delighted to work with China Mobile on the world’s largest TD-LTE rollout”, said Markus Borchert, president, NSN Greater China.

“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,” added Borchert.

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