ZTE Corporation, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, on Wednesday signed an LTE network expansion contract with CSL Limited (CSL), Hong Kong's leading mobile operator.
As part of the contract, ZTE will construct an extensive network of new base stations for CSL. In addition, ZTE will deploy its newest Uni-RAN based, LTE-A-scalable R8884 base station for the first time. This is a significant step for CSL’s LTE network roadmap for the evolution of next generation networking.
CSL launched Hong Kong’s first LTE network in 2010, which currently spans over 90% of Hong Kong. The deployment of the R8884 will help CSL manage the increasing demand for network capacity due to the continuing growth in mobile broadband customers. It will allow the company to run LTE services on both 2600 MHz and 1800 MHz, which greatly enhances LTE coverage for indoor broadband customers in Hong Kong. Furthermore, the R8884 is scalable to LTE-A at no cost. Because of this, CSL will be able to seamlessly integrate its GSM, UMTS and LTE networks and its network management tool. This will reduce network maintenance costs and increase operation efficiency.
"CSL strives to deliver the best user experience to Hong Kong customers,” said CSL Chief Executive Officer, Joseph O’Konek. “Combined with our roll out of the first 4G LTE network in Hong Kong, ZTE’s innovative solutions will help satisfy the increasing demand for mobile data, maintaining CSL’s and Hong Kong’s position as leaders in global telecommunications development.”
Telstra International Group, Managing Director Tarek Robbiati added, “We’re pleased to have ZTE bring its top tier LTE network technology to Hong Kong. This will help us achieve our goal of bringing innovative technology to clients and creating a richer communications and entertainment experience for users.”