Monday, February 23, 2009

Mobile - LTE forecast for Asia

LTE deployments to peak in 2010-2011, says Nokia Siemens Networks executive

The global deployment of LTE (Long Term Evolution) networks is expected to enter a peak period in 2010-2011 as many service providers in Europe, Asia and North America have made commitments to the development of the standard, according to Mike Wang, general manager for Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau at Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN).

NTT DoCoMo, which has been cooperating with NSN in regards to LTE, is expected to bring its services to the market in 2010, Wang noted.

In Hong Kong, the administrative government recently released three LTC licenses to Genus Brand, Hong Kong CSL and China Mobile, a move will help accelerate the deployment of LTE networks in the local market, Wang added.

NSN may consider setting up a LTE MSDC (Mobile Service Development Center) in Taiwan to facilitate Taiwan network equipment makers to migrate to the LTE industry if the Taiwan government decides to release LTE licenses, the Chinese-language Commercial Times recently quoted Wang as indicating.

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