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    ZTE shortlisted for Telefonica LTE project


    ZTE, a global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced it has been shortlisted by Telefonica to participate in its large scale long term evolution (LTE) trial project across six countries in Europe and Latin America.

    "ZTE has invested heavily in LTE research and development and has been involved in LTE trials with leading operators globally, including CSL in Hong Kong, giving the company a strong position in this market", said Zhang Jianguo, general manager of ZTE's UMTS/LTE products. "The partnership will give ZTE the opportunity to demonstrate its innovative products and help Telefonica shape the market for LTE services in Europe and Latin America.

    The six-month trials will take place in Spain, the UK, Germany, the Czech Republic, Brazil and Argentina and marks the start of Telefonica's LTE vendor selection process. By deploying LTE technology, the operator aims to reach a (theoretical) peak data transfer rates of 340Mbps, enabling data-rich services such as mobile video and TV. Telefonica has selected six vendors for its LTE (4G) trial project. In addition to ZTE, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Nokia Siemens Networks and NEC have been shortlisted.

    In September, ZTE announced a commercial LTE trial in Hong Kong with CSL during a joint event that included a live demonstration of the LTE network with peak download speeds in excess of 100 Mbps. The project is said to have drawn the attention of operators from across the globe. In October, ZTE announced the opening of an LTE testing laboratory at its US headquarters in Richardson, Texas.