Plan to integrate Ericsson’s 3G offerings with Datang’s TD-SCDMA radio access network equipment
Ericsson has signed a memorandum of understanding with Datang Telecom, to jointly establish strategic cooperation for development of advanced TDD offerings, with an aim to deliver richer mobile communications to consumers in China and around the world.
Under the agreement, Ericsson will start integrating Datang’s current TD-SCDMA radio access network equipment into its own 3G mobile communications offering.
Ericsson set up a joint research centre with Datang in Beijing in January 2008 to carry out research cooperation in TDD technology. The new strategic cooperation aims to leverage Ericsson’s experience from global LTE commercial deployment and its common platform for FDD and TDD, as well as Datang’s expertise in TDD technology.
Ericsson said that the move will improve the interoperability of operators’ 2G/3G/4G networks, and provide support to a commercial launch of TD-LTE in China in the near future.
Mats Olsson, head of region china and north east Asia at Ericsson, said: “Leveraging our global leadership position in LTE, we have been firmly committed to evolving TD-SCDMA to TD-LTE.
“Now we are further strengthening that commitment by this strategic cooperation with Datang. Our promise remains the same: we will always strive for providing the best TDD products and services to the Chinese consumers and to the world.”