Huawei Makes LTE Headway

11:55 AM -- HONG KONG -- Mobile Asia Congress 2010 -- Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has secured 18 signed LTE equipment contracts, and has more than 70 trials for the new mobile technology, the company's VP of wireless marketing, Lars Bondelind, tells Light Reading Asia. (See Poland Taps Huawei for First LTE, Ericsson, Huawei Land Vodafone LTE Gig, and Huawei Wins Saudi LTE Deal.)

That puts the Chinese vendor right up with Nokia Networks , which last month claimed market leadership with 17 commercial deployments (to which it has since added -- see DT Does LTE With NSN .)

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), of course, is the other main vendor vying for LTE bragging rights.

Huawei's update comes as Wireless Intelligence estimates that, by 2015, the Asia/Pacific region alone will have more than 120 million LTE connections, with China accounting for about half of that number, and Japan, Indonesia, and South Korea accounting for the vast majority of the remainder. In China, those numbers will include the expected rollout of the Time Division Duplex (TDD) version of LTE (known as TD-LTE or LTE TDD). (See China TD-LTE Latest, NTT Docomo Sets LTE Date, TD-LTE in Japan?, and KDDI Picks Challengers for LTE Deployment.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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