Europe's LTE TDD Creep
11:30 AM -- There's no doubt that China and India hold the greatest potential for the widespread deployment of Long Term Evolution Time Division Duplex (LTE TDD) in the coming three to four years, driven by China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE: CHL) in the former and the award of Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) licenses in the latter. And then there's Japan too.
But, under the radar, Europe is making headway, especially in Poland and Germany.
As our Market Spotlight: LTE TDD feature notes, Polish mobile operator Aero2 looks set to launch the world's first LTE TDD network. That development is also noted by our very own Heavy Reading Senior Consultant Berge Ayvazian, who attended the LTE TDD/FDD International Summit in Barcelona last week. (See Global TDD Initiative Launched at MWC 2011.)
And in Germany, E-Plus Service GmbH & Co. KG is set to trial the potential of LTE TDD during the first quarter of this year, working with ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763). (See E-Plus to Trial LTE With ZTE .)
In Spain, meanwhile, Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) is checking out LTE TDD as a potential technology to use for small cell backhaul. (See MWC 2011: Vodafone Demos LTE TDD for Backhaul .)
And of course there's plenty happening in the FDD Long Term Evolution (LTE) world too in the EMEA region. (See France Telecom Updates on LTE, FTTH, Huawei Brings LTE to Etisalat, Ericsson Opens Global Centers, Telefónica O2 Germany Picks NSN, MWC 2011: Telekom Austria Jazzed About LTE, MWC 2011: Deutsche Telekom Mixes 4G Cocktail, and MWC 2011: 3G Austria Dumps NSN for ZTE.)
All this activity is good news for the operators, their vendor suppliers, and ultimately EMEA users, who, with a mix of FDD and TDD-based LTE services, should find a broader range of mobile broadband services tailored specifically to their needs within a few years.
— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading