Chinese LTE network technology demonstrated

ST-Ericsson and Ericsson have shown off the technology necessary to build an LTE network for China.

The time-domain multiplexing version of LTE (known as TD-LTE) is seen in China as an evolution path from the TD-SCDMA 3G technology promoted by the government as a Chinese standard. Many carriers outside China are expected to use the frequency-division multiplexed version of LTE.

At an event hosted by China Mobile in Shanghai, Ericsson and ST-Ericsson demonstrated a system using a USB dongle embedded with ST-Ericsson's TD-LTE chipset connecting to an Ericsson LTE network.

Mats Olsson, president of Ericsson China and North East Asia, said: "TWe will make every effort to support China Mobile in bringing revolutionary mobile broadband experiences to tens of millions of Chinese consumers in the near future."
Magnus Hansson, senior vice president and head of LTE and 3G modem solutions at ST-Ericsson, said: "Drawing on six years of LTE research and development, today's demonstration underlines ST-Ericsson's position as a frontrunner in the rollout of the next-generation of mobile broadband platforms. Through our cooperation with China Mobile and Ericsson, devices based on our chipsets will soon enable people to enjoy the many benefits of super-fast mobile broadband."
ST-Ericsson claims it was the first company to demonstrate a handheld LTE device and to achieve LTE and HSPA mobility with a multimode device. The TD-LTE modem should be available next year. It will support both versions of LTE, in addition to TD-SCDMA and HSPA+/EDGE.

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