China Mobile and NSN to collaborate on 5G development

Nokia Siemens Networks says it has expanded the scope of its research partnership with China Mobile to cover 5G as well as other next-generation technologies.

The two companies first teamed up in 2010 to collaborate in the area of mobile broadband, and the extension of their agreement could spur China Mobile’s (Beijing, China) efforts to popularize the TD-LTE variant of 4G, which it is now rolling out across China.

Nokia Siemens Networks says it has expanded the scope of its research partnership with China Mobile to cover 5G as well as other next-generation technologies.

The two companies first teamed up in 2010 to collaborate in the area of mobile broadband, and the extension of their agreement could spur China Mobile’s (Beijing, China) efforts to popularize the TD-LTE variant of 4G, which it is now rolling out across China.

They say the new deal is aimed at addressing the growing demand for mobile broadband services by helping operators to provide a “personal gigabyte” experience.

Besides 5G, the companies plan to work together on LTE deployment optimization, cloud-based radio access networks (C-RANs) and nanocell technology intended for next-generation small-cell deployments.

“Significant reduction of the unit cost of bandwidth is the key to success of future mobile networks,” said Bill Huang, the general manager of China Mobile’s research institute. “The alignment of NSN’s [Helsinki, Finland] and CMRI’s technology vision on the future mobile networks is an important foundation for our long-term successful partnership.”

NSN claims the partnership will build on the success of the TD-LTE collaboration between the two companies.

“Since the outset, NSN and CMRI have consistently expanded and reinforced their collaboration to focus on leading research activities and to drive innovation and development of 4G technology and beyond,” said Markus Borchert, president of NSN Greater China. “We are proud of our long-term commitment to China, especially in the area of TD technology development, and specifically TD-LTE.”

China Mobile is looking to TD-LTE to recapture the initiative in China’s mobile internet market.

The operator has been using the TD-SCDMA standard to support its 3G rollout, but the technology has lacked the global support and economies of scale that UMTS and EV-DO enjoy.