Asia to be largest LTE market, says Nokia Siemens Networks greater China head
Chloe Yu, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES [Friday 24 May 2013]
Asia is expected to be the largest LTE market among regions around the world in 2015, Greater China president Markus Borchert for Nokia Siemens Networks said at the LTE Marketing Forum in Taipei on May 23.
LTE networks are in commercial operation in Japan and South Korea, and the governments in China and Taiwan are poised to release 4G (LTE) licenses. Nokia Siemens has the largest market share for LTE equipment in Asia and will maintain the market status, Borchert indicated.
While China Mobile has been actively promoting TD-LTE in the China market, most important is the development of a healthy TD-LTE supply ecosystem, Borchert said. Based on progress of TD-LTE development in China, TD-LTE terminal devices are expected to be available in large volumes and at reasonable prices at the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014, Borchert said. For China Mobile, however, it is important to promote TD-LTE as an international standard rather than a national or regional one, Borchert indicated.
As the Taiwan government plans to open the 700MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz frequency bands for 4G mobile communications, an estimated 3,000-4,000, 4,000-5,000 and 8,000 4G base stations, respectively, will need to be deployed to reach 90% coverage, according to Mike Wang who is head of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau under Nokia Siemens Networks' Greater China division.