England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – by the end of 2017 at the latest.”
–China Mobile and Alcatel-Lucent unveiled a TD-LTE version of Alcatel-Lucent’s LigthRadio solution designed to help the carrier expedite coverage and capacity of its network. China Mobile noted that the solution would be deployed across its network in parts of Shanghai, Nanjing and Qingdao. The product builds off of an agreement signed last year to conduct joint development and test activities on a series of LightRadio TD-LTE projects to speed the deployment of LTE in China.
China Mobile signed a TD-LTE deal with Alcatel-Lucent late last year to deploy the lion’s share of its TD-LTE network.
–Australian operator Telstra announced an extension of a contract with Ericsson to provide LTE equipment to the carrier. The contract calls for Ericsson to provide equipment expanding Telstra’s LTE network, as well as plans to work on trialing LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation, LTE heterogeneous and LTE Broadcast technology.
Telstra also said it has struck a deal with Ericsson to supply optical network equipment for its “long-haul and metro networks across Australia,” and to increase capacity of its optical transport network using Ericsson’s 100Gbps technology.
–South Korea’s SK Telecom said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ericsson to work on the development of LTE-Advanced technologies. The deal calls for the operators to work on small cell technologies, which are expected to be a core component of LTE-Advanced deployments. SK cited figures from Informa Telecoms & Media, predicting small cell deployments will increase from 6.5 million at the end of 2012 to more than 91.9 million by the end of 2016.
–German operator E-Plus signed a deal with Nokia Siemens Networks to expand capacity of its current HSPA+ network operating in the 2.1 GHz band and “modernize” the carrier’s legacy GSM network. NSN said the deal will include the use of its Flexi Multiradio 10 base stations, Liqui