NSN Completes Phase 2 of China Mobile 3G Rollout
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has completed the second phase deployment of China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA-based 3G network. The implementation, integration testing and network commissioning across the four provinces awarded to the company was completed by mid-March, ahead of schedule.
“The success of TD-SCDMA in China will not depend on whether vendors can ship their equipment, but rather on the quality of the service and how satisfied end-users are when 3G networks are optimized and launched,” said Steven Shaw, vice president at NSN’s Greater China region.
The company hopes its performance in phase two of the TD-SCDMA network rollouts will favorably position it for upcoming network expansions planned in China Mobile’s next wave of bidding. The upcoming expansions cover 200 cities, and a winning bid would help cement Nokia Siemens’ presence in China.
NSN worked with multiple China Mobile subsidiaries to roll out their respective 3G networks, including Fujian Mobile, Henan Mobile, Jiangxi Mobile and Hainan Mobile.
The company says it worked at a rapid pace, supporting Henan Mobile to install 1,342 base stations in the city of Zhengzhou in just two months. Henan Mobile’s TD-SCDMA network was completed by the end of February and was interoperable with GSM by early March. Network optimization and service trials are ongoing, and Henan Mobile expects to launch mobile data-based services in the near future.