A subsidiary of the world's largest mobile operator China Mobile Ltd., China Mobile Hong Kong,has selected telecommunications provider Ericsson to expand their commercial LTE network.
The LTE network will be expanded with Time-Division Long-Term Evolution (TD-LTE) technology, marketed commercially as 4G LTE.
Ericsson is already the sole supplier for China Mobile Hong Kong's LTE network, a project started in 2007 and co-developed by companies including Datang Telecom, China Mobile, Huawei, ZTE, Nokia Siemens Networks and Alcatel.
The companies intend to build a converged LTE FDD/TDD network; and using leverage provided by the LTE FDD installed base, Ericsson will also be upgrading the operator's existing Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network.
In April this year, China Mobile Hong Kong launched LTE FDD mobile data services. In the light of the deal with Ericsson, the operator now plans to launch a TD-LTE network according to 3GPP standards, potentially as early as the end of this year.
"We chose Ericsson, a global leader in the LTE space, as our TD-LTE network partner," said Sean Lee, Director and CEO of China Mobile Hong Kong. "By partnering with Ericsson and maximizing our spectrum asset, we will build a converged LTE FDD/TDD network that gives our customers an even better 4G experience."
Under the agreement, Ericsson will provide the TD-LTE radio frequency access network, network management services, expand and upgrade the EPC network and will host design, training and support services for expansion of the operator's network.