Huawei announced a partnership with Intel to “advance the development of interoperability testing and deployment of LTE TDD solutions.”
In a statement, it was said that the venture will “utilise Huawei’s expertise in LTE TDD network infrastructure technologies and Intel’s innovative and cost-optimised mobile communications platforms to expedite the maturity and development of LTE TDD.”
It was noted that by connecting directly to the Huawei infrastructure, Intel will be able to carry out end-to-end testing of its mobile platforms in a real life environment. The companies will set up a joint lab in China to support the test and implementation of TD-LTE technology.
Intel's determination to succeed in TD-LTE technology is unsurprising, given its previous backing of rival technology WiMAX, which failed to achieve mainstream commercial success. TD-LTE technology uses the same spectrum bands as WiMAX, and is being deployed by many operators which had previously committed to WiMAX. Meanwhile the deal strengthens Huawei's mobile broadband network offering, as the Chinese vendor attempts to compete with number one player Ericsson.