November 16, 2010 / 11:23 AM / 9 years ago

Telco building TD-LTE network outside China-Alcatel

HONG KONG, Nov 16 (Reuters) - An Asian telecoms operator has started building a fourth-generation (4G) trial wireless network based on China’s homegrown TD-LTE standard, the Asia head of Alcatel Lucent ALUA.PA said on Tuesday, in what could be the first such network outside China.

Alcatel Lucent Asia chief Rajeev Singh-Molares said an Asian company outside China has begun building the trial network.

He would not specify a country, saying only that Japan and India were among the most aggressive markets looking at the technology.

“We will see some (TD-LTE activity) in Japan next year or sooner,” he told Reuters in an interview.

Japanese group Softbank (9984.T) has expressed interest in the technology in conjunction with the PHS mobile service it acquired with its purchase earlier this year of Willcom Inc. (Reporting by Doug Young and Huang Yuntao; Editing by Dan Lalor)

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