The Networks business of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), the main provider of indoor TD-LTE coverage at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, has teamed with Innofidei to enable visitors at the expo to experience mobile broadband on the world’s first pre-commercial TD-LTE network. One of a select group of chipset providers chosen by China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC), Innofidei has collaborated with the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) to bring a TD-LTE chipset solution to the Shanghai World Expo, in support of Motorola’s TD-LTE showcase network.
Motorola used the Innofidei/ASTRI TD-LTE dongle at the TD-LTE Showcase Network Opening Ceremony, during which it demonstrated a high-quality video wall including 24 simultaneous video streams, remote monitoring and high-speed Internet browsing applications running on the Motorola TD-LTE network. Motorola also is using the dongle on its 2.3GHz TD-LTE network to provide coverage in major pavilions at the expo. The Motorola end-to-end TD-LTE network encompasses the eNodeB, backhaul, evolved packet core (EPC), billing, home subscriber server (HSS) and LTE manager.
“The adoption of new technologies is driven in large part by a healthy ecosystem of devices,” said Mohammad Akhtar, corporate vice president and general manager, Motorola Networks business in Asia Pacific. “By working with CMCC, and a range of chipset partners, Motorola is helping to drive the ecosystem of devices for TD-LTE and drive the TD-LTE opportunity globally.”
“Innofidei thrives on innovation and promoting the development of technology,” said Dr. Tom Zhang, CEO of Innofidei, “Shanghai World Expo 2010 is a premier opportunity for us, in conjunction with ASTRI, to showcase the performance of our TD-LTE dongle and let visitors see first-hand what this technology will make possible.”
During Shanghai World Expo 2010, Motorola is also demonstrating TD-LTE on a Segway®. The two-wheeled, self-balancing, electric vehicle is equipped with a camera and laptop that capture TD-LTE experiences while on the move. Motorola’s demonstrations at the expo represent collaborative efforts undertaken by Motorola to help drive the commercialization and globalization of TD-LTE. In addition, the demonstrations reaffirm Motorola’s commitment to TDD spectrum operators worldwide.
“TD-LTE is a commercial reality, and there is now a growing interest in TD-LTE from many operators around the globe who are seriously considering TD-LTE for their next-generation network in both 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz spectrum,” Akhtar said. “These will be the most likely used bands for TD-LTE around the world. The success of TD-LTE in China, bolstered by the growing cooperation of an ecosystem of chipset providers and device manufacturers, bodes well for its adoption in other regions of the world.”