Packet One Networks in Malaysia plans to launch a pilot commercial TD-LTE (Time Division Duplex) network by the end of the year and eventually upgrade its current WiMAX network to TD-LTE technology when the devices have reached maturity, likely at the end of 2012, said Packet One CEO Michael Lai.
According to The Star, Lai indicated that the cost to upgrade to TD-LTE was still not known as China Mobile has just begun trialing the technology in China. He said those trials would take at least six months to see the outcome.
"The LTE TDD investment will be like our regular network spending that we apply for WiMAX annually. We will continue with our trial on LTE TDD to make sure that it can co-exist with WiMAX," Lai said.
Packet One has about 300,000 subscribers on its WiMAX network and covers about 45 percent of the population.
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