China Mobile has pushed back a multi-billion dollar tender for 4G / LTE network equipment. The tender for the equipment for the operator’s planned rollout of (TDD-LTE) technology was originally planned for April, but has now been delayed until June whilst the operator decides whether to build the network from scratch or upgrade its existing 3G TD-SCDMA base stations.
China Mobile is looking to source equipment for some 200,000 base stations in 100 cities through the tender, worth an estimated USD 6 billion. If it upgrades the existing network, TD-SCDMA suppliers such as Huawei and ZTE will be benefited and a new build would benefit Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks. Continue reading China Mobile – Undecided on 4G Technology Deployment, Delays WLAN Rollout