June 30, 2014
Beijing, China - Nokia Networks strengthens its position as the top non-Chinese vendor in the second phase of a significant TD-LTE tender with the world's largest wireless operator, China Mobile. Nokia Networks is the only non-Chinese vendor to win a double-digit unit share. With this contract, Nokia Networks further expands its 4G footprint in China to cover 18 out of 31 provinces, including mega cities and provinces such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong, and builds on over 20 years of successful cooperation between the two companies.
Nokia Networks has demonstrated excellent real-life performance in China Mobile's TD-LTE network. Recently, Nokia Networks achieved number one ranking in the operator's quality assessment of its commercial TD-LTE deployments. In the evaluation, Nokia Networks as the largest supplier of the TD-LTE network in Fuzhou delivered the best network quality of all top 10 provincial capitals.
Nokia Networks also supported China Mobile Shanghai as the sole supplier at a globally-renowned motor race in Shanghai to provide seamless TD-LTE coverage for more than 250,000 spectators. This was the world's first live TD-LTE network implemented for an event of this scale.
"We are proud to be the only non-Chinese partner to be awarded a double-digit share by China Mobile, which strengthens our position as one of the top 3 partners for China Mobile in TD-LTE, " said Markus Borchert, President of the Greater China region at Nokia Networks. "This award is an important recognition to us for our technological strength and long-standing commitment to the global success of TD-LTE. Nokia Networks supplies 46 commercial TD-LTE radio networks globally, and supplies to about half of all commercially launched TD-LTE networks around the world. We will continue to innovate together with China Mobile and deliver industry-leading solutions, performance and quality, and contribute to the globalization of TD-LTE."
The contract covers Nokia's indoor and outdoor base stations from the Flexi* product family as well as its cloud-enabled NetActnetwork management system. Nokia Networks will support China Mobile across the 1.9 GHz, 2.6 GHz and 2.3 GHz frequency bands in both single mode TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA / TD-LTE dual mode implementation. Network implementation, planning & optimization, care and training services are included in the agreement to ensure seamless operations.
A recognized leader** in the LTE arena, Nokia Networks has more than 140 commercial references worldwide for delivering both TDD and FDD variants of the technology.
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* The Nokia Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station has recently been ranked a leader in capacity and deployment flexibility in analyst company Current Analysis' latest 'LTE eNodeB Assessment' of April 4, 2014. According to the report, Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station outperforms the competition in capacity, deployment flexibility, spectrum coverage and power output. "LTE-Advanced market momentum and product differentiation lend credibility," said Current Analysis in its report summary, noting that Nokia Networks provided a "broader range of supported spectrum bands than other vendors." [The same analyst report also highlighted the company's leadership, with its Liquid Applications being a clear differentiator with its novel approach to optimizing mobile content and applications.]
** In April 2014, Gartner positioned Nokia Networks in the "Leaders" quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for LTE Network Infrastructure report.