Clearwire Signs LTE Roaming Agreement with China Mobile
China Mobile and USA based Clearwire have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that lays the foundation for international roaming between China and the United States using TD-LTE.
Under the MOU, China Mobile and Clearwire plan to collaborate on business and technical aspects of their respective operations to define and institute the process necessary to support international roaming and to ensure the operators’ systems and devices are able to support roaming.
The companies also expect this agreement to serve as a blueprint for future roaming agreements with other members of the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) of which China Mobile and Clearwire are founding members.
“We recently demonstrated the roaming capability between Hong Kong FDD LTE and Hang Zhou TD-LTE. With the commercial launches of TD-LTE networks in major markets, these networks shall enable international roaming to create a ubiquitous user experience and a unified market,” said Dr. Tiger Lin, Chairman of China Mobile International.
China Mobile and Clearwire are developing TD-LTE networks in their respective domestic markets. The companies expect the spectrum in the 2.3GHz to 2.7GHz range which will be used in their TD-LTE network deployment will make up one of the most widely deployed 4G configurations in the world.