NEC Makes LTE TDD Move

NEC Corp. (Tokyo: 6701) has made its first foray into the Long Term Evolution Time Division Duplex (LTE TDD) market by teaming with Chinese vendor Wuhan Research Institute of Post and Telecommunications (WRI) to develop a range of LTE products.

The companies will jointly develop Long Term Evolution (LTE) gear based on a common platform that supports both LTE TDD and LTE FDD (frequency division duplex). The products, which will be available this year, include LTE base stations, operation and maintenance sub-systems and self-organizing networks (SONs). (See NEC, WRI Team for LTE.)

The products will mainly be aimed at the Chinese sector, which is set to be one of the earliest LTE TDD equipment markets. Sales and marketing in China will be handled by Wuhan Fiberhome Mobile Communications Inc., which is the joint venture between NEC and WRI that was set up in 2005 to develop 3G equipment. NEC will handle sales of the co-developed equipment in other markets.

Why this matters
This collaboration marks the first time NEC has developed LTE TDD products. The move shows the Japanese vendor's ambition to be a player in next-generation mobile broadband technology in one of the world's largest mobile markets and, specifically, for the world's largest mobile operator by subscribers, China Mobile Communications Corp. , which has been pushing hard for global acceptance of LTE TDD. (See China Mobile Opens Up on LTE TDD Trials , China Mobile Flexes LTE Muscle and China Mobile Preps LTE Network.)

But NEC's interest in LTE TDD is not limited to China. The vendor assumes there will be a market for LTE TDD in India as well, according to a spokesman. But he added that NEC didn't know at this time where LTE TDD technology will be deployed beyond these two countries.

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Vishnu Goel 12/5/2012 | 5:15:18 PM
re: NEC Makes LTE TDD Move

Indian Telecom sector in the late 70s had the clear preference for Japanese telecom majors like NEC and Fujitsu, yielding the competitive edge later to the European and other western companies when they lost the Switching business to Alcatel/ITI collaboration.After that the attempts to claw back have been feeble and indifferent.With NEC and WRI collaborating now on LTE/TDD platform this could be the real opportunity to re-enter this lucrative space.Off course it will require properly strategising and executing rollout on the new partnership from Asia.It might turn out to be a new window of opportunity-narrow but full of possibilities if backed up properly.Vishnu Goel T&M +919810101238

Gagandeep Kaur 12/5/2012 | 5:15:17 PM
re: NEC Makes LTE TDD Move

It will be interesting to see how Japanese vendors will try to regain the lost ground. It does seem difficult to break through the bastion of European and Chinese vendors...

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