CDMA operator China Telecom has been authorised to begin large scale 4G network trials in more than 40 cities, Marbridge Daily cites an unnamed industry source as saying. The rollout will initially target high-density areas such as shopping and business districts, parks and subways. Whilst Telecom completed a tender earlier this year for 4G core network covering 31 provinces nationwide, its trials will concentrate on over 40 cities including Nanjing, Shanghai, Beijing and Wuhan. As previously noted by CommsUpdate, China Telecom is planning to invest CNY45.7 billion (USD7.45 billion) in 4G network construction next year.
In related news, French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent has announced that it has been selected by Telecom to provide the cellco with Long Term Evolution (LTE) equipment for the its 4G trials. Under the deal Alca-Lu will supply Telecom with its lightRadio LTE Radio Access Network (RAN), providing 9,892 base stations.