On July 17, China Mobile signed framework agreements with Ericsson and a number of equipment suppliers. Ericsson has been selected to be part of the radio network equipment procurement for China Mobile’s 4G network Phase-3 project. As part of the Phase-3 project, Ericsson also signed radio network procurement agreements with China Mobile’s 15 provincial companies.
In accordance with the framework agreement, Ericsson will support China Mobile in its deployment of TD-LTE networks in 14 provinces and Chongqing Municipality. The provinces are: Heilongjiang, Liaoning, Shandong, Inner Mongolia, Hebei, Gansu, Xinjiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Hunan, Hubei, Sichuan, Guangdong and Guangxi. The 14 provinces and Chongqing account for around 60 percent of China’s population and have nearly 100 million 4G subscribers.
Ericsson continues to invest in TDD technology, and has launched multiple innovative products to support China Mobile’s Phase-3 TD-LTE network rollout to meet the requirements of network development and user experience.
Chris Houghton, President of Ericsson North East Asia, says: “We are honored to be able to continue our contribution to China Mobile’s ongoing efforts to build the largest 4G network in the world. Ericsson is committed to spearheading the continuous evolution of the Networked Society. We are willing to join hands with China Mobile to promote a smooth upgrade of 4G, TDD technology in particular, to 5G.”
Ericsson has been one of the major suppliers to China Mobile in its 4G LTE network deployment. China Mobile has recently announced that, as of May, it has built 900,000 4G LTE base stations, providing 4G services to nearly 200 million subscribers across China.
Ericsson is present today in all high-traffic LTE markets including the US, Japan and South Korea, and is ranked first for handling the most global LTE traffic – 40 percent of the world's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks, which is twice as much mobile traffic as the closest competitor. Ericsson is number one in LTE market share within the world’s top 100 cities. More than 220 LTE RAN and Evolved Packet Core networks have been delivered worldwide, of which 170 are live commercially.
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