Nicole McCormick, senior analyst – Telco Strategy
UK: TDD spectrum is now extremely valuable to mobile operators. Chinese vendor Huawei predicts that 70 percent of TDD networks will be deployed as extension networks by FDD operators. The TDD-FDD device ecosystem is quickly maturing, and Huawei is due to deliver FDD-TDD LTE smartphones to Softbank by August 2012.
Softbank unit Wireless City Planning, which already operates a personal handy-phone system (PHS), is aiming to commercially launch its Advanced eXtended Global Platform (AXGP), network in February 2012 using a of 20MHz channel of TDD spectrum.
Mobile operators should try to have TDD spectrum in reserve for future data requirements wherever possible.
China Mobile is expected to launch its TD-LTE network in 1H13, while TD-LTE is also due to become a commercial proposition later this year.
According to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), four operators have already launched commercial TD-LTE networks globally: Brazilian operator Sky, Poland’s Aero2, and Saudi Arabian operators Etisalat and STC.