The FINANCIAL — Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE： ALU) today announced that it has completed a series of data calls – involving terminals from third-party suppliers – using Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology for Time Division Duplex (TDD) spectrum (TD-LTE), a mobile broadband standard that will be used by operators in China and across the globe.
The achievement of this key milestone demonstrates Alcatel-Lucent’s commitment to providing all mobile operators with a smooth evolution path to 4G. The test calls were completed by Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB), Alcatel-Lucent’s flagship company in China.
“TD-LTE, which was strongly driven by operators in China, is expected to play an important role in the development of 4G networks globally,” said Olivia Qiu, President of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell. “We are committed to ensuring that all of our mobile customers have a smooth evolution to 4G, no matter what kind of network they have in place today.”
The tests, the first such calls completed using infrastructure (Alcatel-Lucent’s commercial eNode B base station) and terminals from multiple vendors (UTStarcom and Signalion), involved live video streaming and web browsing services on TD-LTE.
Alcatel-Lucent is a pioneer in the LTE market, and is currently engaged in LTE deployments with some of the world’s leading mobile operators, including trials of LTE for both FDD and TDD spectrum.
LTE is the next evolution in mobile network standards defined by 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) and supports operations in both paired spectrum and unpaired spectrum. It enables efficient spectrum utilization for both legacy and future wireless frequency bands. LTE technology provides a 4G evolution path for CDMA/EV-DO, GSM/EDGE, W-CDMA, TD-SCDMA and WiMAX technologies.