Telefonica trials LTE with big 6 vendors

Telefónica has partnered with six LTE technology providers to launch 4G test projects across six different international markets.
The suppliers include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC, Nokia Siemens Network and ZTE. The countries involved in the trial have yet to be revealed but are expected to be where Telefonica currently operates.
The project consisting of field tests and the installation of e-node Bs will take place over six months and is also open to other suppliers.
Telefónica said that the project will help determine its 4G mobile network strategy, helping define its needs and predicting the execution times for roll out and marketing.
“At Telefónica we are working with the conviction that we can only offer our clients the maximum levels of quality and innovation. To do this, we are defining our strategy and the rollout of LTE with the objective of driving mobile broadband and offering the best service from the moment that the equipment and terminals can support the new standards and are available for sale”, said Telefónica COO Julio Linares.