The last thing Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and even Iliad need is to kill the golden goose of LTE. No one in the industry will thank Iliad if LTE suffers due to its rather audacious approach.
China has finally issued TD-LTE licences to the country's three mobile operators in a move that will reinforce the position of European equipment manufacturers as well as local Chinese vendors that have won lucrative deals to help build next-generation networks there.
In the waning weeks of 2013, Huawei has rolled out a number of technological firsts that ran the gamut from LTE Broadcast to LTE speed boosting to voice over TD-LTE.
"The modem is truly the foundation of the mobile experience," said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm Technologies in his keynote last week at the company's first modem workshop. The chipmaking giant invited press and analysts to the private modem event in San Francisco, where Qualcomm made a case for increased industry attention to competitive benchmarking of modem performance.
In Asia-Pacific, TD-LTE networks will cover more than 53 per cent of the population by 2018, according to a new report from ABI Research.
The inclusion of Nokia Solutions and Networks as one of the project vendors for Sprint's Spark initiative represents a tremendous win for the infrastructure vendor.
Nokia Solutions and Networks' significant win in China Mobile's recent TD-LTE tender put a positive spin on the vendor's third-quarter results, as did an upbeat forecast of future growth, but a slip in sales nonetheless cast a shadow on NSN's ongoing turnaround.
Low spectrum costs and improving economies of scale mean a standalone TD-LTE network actually has 13 percent lower total cost of ownership than the FDD flavor of LTE, according to ABI Research.
China Mobile made official its selection of vendors to supply equipment for its commercial TD-LTE networks. The contracts, estimated to be worth some $3.27 billion, were awarded to nine vendors, according to a post on the carrier's website.
China Mobile has finally confirmed its selection of vendors for its first TD-LTE contracts, which are believed to be worth around 20 billion yuan ($3.27 billion, or €2.41 billion).