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Mobitel, ZTE test LTE deployment in Sri Lanka

Posted: 17 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:4G trial? long term evolution? network solutions?

ZTE Corp. announced the successful trial of the first Long Term Evolution (LTE) Infrastructure in South Asia. This success is in partnership with Mobitel Pvt. Ltd, Sri Lanka's national mobile services provider. The trial system will feature a peak bit rate speed of up to 96Mbit/s and incorporate LTE services such as HD streaming media play, file upload and download, as well as web browsing.

Mobitel chose to deploy ZTE's advanced Uni RAN + Uni Core solutions, as well as the 2600M frequency LTE indoor coverage system to deploy the LTE test network in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo.

ZTE's SDR-based Uni RAN and ETCA/T8000-based Uni Core solution could support products of different platforms such as CDMA, GSM, and LTE. With this solution, Mobitel was able to use just one access network and one core network (RAN & Core) to realize network expansion and seamless evolution.

In terms of future network upgrading, only a single baseband processing board is needed to be added or replaced, with the remaining components being realized through software upgrades. This feature will ensure smooth evolution and maximum reduction of TCO. On the other hand, ZTE's solution will not only extend the system's service life and reduce investment risk. It could also simultaneously resolve challenges of indoor LTE coverage very quickly by using indoor ceiling-mounted antennae, couplers, power dividers and combiners.

"As the national mobile telecom services provider, we are committed to take every initiative toward developing our nation through the use of ICT," said Suren J. Amarasekera, CEO of Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel.

Amarasekera also added that "the growing power of ICT services and terminal devices as well as emerging trends such as cloud computing and machine-to-machine communications, require network infrastructure capable of ultra-high data link speeds and bandwidth. We strongly believe that LTE will enhance capabilities toward fulfilling the ever increasing ICT needs of citizens of Sri Lanka and thereby lead our country toward an infocom and knowledge-rich society."

ZTE Corp. of China was selected by Mobitel under its ongoing Stage VI Expansion Project as its technology partner to deploy the state-of-the-art, LTE-ready Next-Generation-Network.

"ZTE is pleased to cooperate with Mobitel, and we congratulate Mobitel on becoming the first operator in South Asia to trial LTE infrastructure and commit to launch an LTE capable network," said Fu Daliang, CEO of ZTE Sri Lanka.

He also added that "with the powerful brand and high-standard services of Mobitel, people in Sri Lanka will be able to enjoy the most advanced LTE network and data service once deployed. As the leading LTE equipment & solutions provider in the world, ZTE will do its best to support Mobitel, to reduce the CAPEX and OPEX of networks through technology innovation, and to provide the best network experience for the local people."

ZTE has established ties with leading operators in various countries, and has built 18 LTE commercial networks and 70 trial networks around the world. It owns 235 core patents, accounting for 7 percent of the world's total. It is one of the world's tier-1 initiators and is a patent holder of 4G standards.

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