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Samsung prepares for 4G LTE roll out in Southeast Asia

Veronica C. Silva | Sept. 27, 2011
Field trials and pilots this year are expected to turn into commercial rollout by 2012.

WiMAX migration

The assessment is shared by Shiv Putcha, principal analyst, emerging markets, Ovum.

Putcha told MIS Asia: "Samsung has a solid mobile infrastructure offering for LTE but this is largely a result of their legacy in WiMAX. The major players in the LTE field are Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia-Siemens Networks. ... Samsung's offering promises a smooth migration from WiMAX to LTE but so far, they haven't got a lot of traction beyond the erstwhile WiMAX operators."

Samsung said it has made strides to bring mobile broadband to the region with mobile WiMAX. It also named LTE partners outside Southeast Asia. 

"Samsung plans to launch the industry's first LTE SmallCell solution in Japan in 2012 and the world's first TD-LTE network in Saudi Arabia in Q3 2011. Samsung is driving the industry forward as one of the most influential network solution providers holding the most positions in the 3GPP and having a significant amount of IPR related to 4G OFDMA technology."

Aside from commercial deployments in Southeast Asia, the other commercial deployments in the region are in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and soon, Australia.


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