Nokia Networks signed a framework agreement worth $970 million (€765 million) with China Mobile that will see the Finland-based company provide TD-LTE equipment to support the further rollout of the Chinese operator's domestic mobile network.
If we're talking about a coherent standard--one harmonized ecosystem, supporting LTE TDD alongside FDD--operators and vendors both benefit. Operators get to deploy (are deploying) services in the spectrum they have. Vendors get to develop TDD products (network and client) with global opportunities. Where so many telecom "hopes" fall flat, it's nice to see this one materialize. It's no albino squirrel, but it is pretty cool.
Rather than network improvement, Sprint needs network acceleration. Just as he was aggressive in pricing and promotions, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has the opportunity to step on the gas to expand the 2014 2.5 GHz target and accelerate the 2015 rollout with at least 250 million POPs covered before the end of next year.
Dish Network launched fixed TD-LTE service in Corpus Christi, Texas, using Sprint's 2.5 GHz network and spectrum.
LAS VEGAS--Rival U.S. operators are concerned about the "peak wars" that Sprint might initiate using its vast spectrum holdings, said Mike Murphy, Nokia Networks' head of technology, North America.
Sprint still plans to deploy its 2.5 GHz spectrum on a nationwide basis but is going to change its approach to how it rolls out the spectrum to be more targeted on congested points of its network. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure detailed the change in Sprint's 2.5 GHz buildout approach in comments he made during his first investor conference.
The rapid and massive rollout of TD-LTE by China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator, propelled Asia Pacific to $3 billion in LTE infrastructure revenue during 2014's second quarter. That helped make the region into the largest LTE revenue generator, accounting for 54 percent of total global LTE infrastructure revenues, according to Infonetics Research.
One of the more interesting filings in the FCC's ongoing 3.5 GHz proceeding is a letter submitted by China Mobile, the world's largest wireless operator, which pushes the TD-LTE agenda.
Chinese regulators said that Qualcomm is willing to make changes to improve its pricing practices in the country, which could lead to the end of an anti-trust probe against the chipset giant.
Some 39 operators, equating to around 1 in 8 LTE operators, have commercially launched LTE TDD (TD-LTE) systems in 26 countries, according to latest figures from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).