NSN Wins Largest Non-Chinese Vendor Share in China Mobile’s TD-LTE Tender

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Reaffirms commitment, leadership in TD-LTE market.

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We are truly delighted to work with China Mobile on the world’s largest TD-LTE rollout. We have the right capabilities, commitment and scale for this huge project.

China Mobile (CMCC), the leading mobile operator, has chosen Nokia Solutions and Networks to implement a significant share of its TD-LTE network, the world’s largest. This reaffirms NSN’s longstanding commitment to the development of TD-LTE in China.

NSN’s share in the operator’s TD-LTE network roll-out highlights its position as a leading non-Chinese vendor in the highly competitive Chinese market. The company is awarded 11% market share consistent with other non-Chinese vendors, with another low single digit share as a result of selling through resellers also selected by CMCC. NSN secured an entry into six new provinces compared to its TD-SCDMA footprint in China.

The cooperation between the two companies extends over 20 years from CMCC’s first GSM network, over the development and implementation of CMCC’s TD-SCDMA 3G technology to the pre-commercial trial of the operator’s TD-LTE network. This has been a key driver in NSN’s commitment to invest in and steer the global success of TD-LTE*.

“We are truly delighted to work with China Mobile on the world’s largest TD-LTE rollout,” said Markus Borchert, President of NSN Greater China. “Our strong LTE market momentum, 15 years’ pioneering of TD technology, proven network deployment capability and longstanding presence in China clearly contributed to the operator's decision. We have the right capabilities, commitment and scale for this huge project.”

Under the contract, NSN will deploy key radio network elements for China Mobile’s 1.9 GHz, 2.6 GHz and 2.3 GHz frequency bands, including its innovative Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations. The solution will cover new single-mode implementation of the TD-LTE network. In addition, NSN will deploy part of the network in TD-SCDMA / TD-LTE dual mode, supporting TD-SCDMA site software upgrade to the dual mode implementation. NSN is the only non-Chinese vendor to support TD-SCDMA** evolution to TD-LTE. The contract also covers network implementation, planning & optimization and care services.

A leader in LTE, NSN has made a long-term commitment through significant financial and R&D investment across both Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and Time Division Duplex (TDD) mode of operations.

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Nokia Solutions and Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.

With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 120 countries and had net sales of approximately 13.4 billion euros in 2012. NSN is wholly owned by Nokia Corporation. http://www.nsn.com

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*Nokia Solutions and Networks is among the three global network suppliers best positioned to support a mobile operator’s future with different LTE technologies. Gartner, Inc. recently ranked NSN in the “Leaders” quadrant in its “Magic Quadrant for LTE Network Infrastructure 2013” report. NSN’s approach ensures uninterrupted, high-quality network roll-outs and 3GPP-compliant data security and protection with industry-leading products. Read the related press releases:

**Nokia Solutions and Networks has been ranked number one in China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA network performance and professional services evaluation (PE) for all vendors in 7 of 13 PE quarters, starting from 2010, with the last 3 of these being consecutive quarters. In the first quarter of 2013, China Mobile gave Nokia Siemens Networks the highest possible score in several categories. Read more:

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