Clearwire reiterated that it is reducing the amount of Huawei equipment it is using in its TD-LTE network buildout as compared with its existing WiMAX network, likely a response to ongoing concerns that Huawei's network gear poses a threat to U.S. national security.
Sprint Nextel is adding three tri-band LTE mobile broadband devices to its portfolio this summer, as the operator aims to leverage its FDD LTE deployments at 1.9 GHz and 800 MHz as well as partner Clearwire's upcoming TD-LTE network at 2.5GHz.
Large-scale rollouts of small cells in the United States will likely start next year, but Nokia Siemens Networks' CEO Rajeev Suri believes it will be a couple of years at least before sales of the diminutive base stations deliver sizable sales revenues.
Europe's mobile network vendors could see a key Chinese tender for TD-LTE equipment delayed until later in the year, as China Mobile executives decide whether to upgrade from 3G or install new network equipment.
Ericsson expects to expand its share of China Mobile's TD-LTE business via the operator's upcoming tender for network gear, said an executive for the infrastructure vendor.
Ericsson is one European equipment manufacturer hoping to win a slice of an upcoming bids for TD-LTE infrastructure agreements in China, and the Swedish vendor also expects to be able to gain a bigger share of the deals than in previous tender rounds.
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said his company's experience deploying TD-LTE in Japan will give it a clear advantage over Dish Network, which is competing with SoftBank to take control of Sprint Nextel. Sprint expects to integrate TD-LTE into its network via its pending acquisition of Clearwire, which is building a TD-LTE network.
With its fate still uncertain, Clearwire revealed relatively sluggish first-quarter results, which are likely the company's last as an independent entity. The company also said it continues to recommend Sprint Nextel's bid to acquire Clearwire over Verizon Wireless' competing bid to acquire some of Clearwire's spectrum license leases.
Japan's total mobile infrastructure market skyrocketed 78 percent during 2012, thanks largely to a dedicated push by NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and Softbank to rollout LTE nationwide, according to a report from Infonetics.
China Telecom's top executive said the operator would prefer to build its next-generation network based on the FDD flavor of LTE rather than use TD-LTE.