Monday, November 9, 2009

Telefónica Adds ZTE to its LTE Pilot

Telefónica has shortlisted ZTE to participate in its LTE trial project across six countries in Europe and Latin America.

The six-month trials will take place in Spain, the UK, Germany, the Czech Republic, Brazil and Argentina and marks the start of Telefonica's LTE vendor selection process. By deploying LTE technology, the operator aims to reach a (theoretical) peak data transfer rates of 340Mbps, enabling data-rich services such as mobile video and TV. Telefonica has selected six vendors for its LTE (4G) trial project. In addition to ZTE, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Nokia Siemens Networks and NEC have been shortlisted.

In September, ZTE announced a commercial LTE trial in Hong Kong with CSL during a joint event that included a live demonstration of the LTE network with peak download speeds in excess of 100 Mbps. This project has drawn the attention of operators from across the globe.

In October, ZTE announced the opening of an LTE testing laboratory at its U.S. headquarters in Richardson, Texas.

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