China Mobile has recently announced that Innofidei will be one of its preferred vendors for supplying 4G TD-LTE data cards. This is in-line with China Mobile’s aggressive roadmap to launch 4G services in China in 2010. Apart from Innofidei, China Mobile has also partnered with Shanghai Bell and Motorola. China Mobile has big plans for the Shanghai World Expo, 2010 event and the TD-LTE tender award to Innofidei highlights its plans to showcase 4G technologies at the World Expo which opens in October this year.
Though the specific share of the deal awarded to Innofidei is not known, it is expected that Innofidei will demonstrate the working prototype chipset for TD-LTE protocol in the first quarter of 2010 and will begin manufacturing the data cards and CPE terminals once it receives the green signal from China Mobile.
While the selection of Innofidei, a new entrant in the Asian telecom marketplace and known primarily for its CMMB Mobile TV, raised eyebrows from many telecom experts, the Innofidei management is confident that the deal would be very successful. Innofidei is no stranger to TD-LTE as it had already demonstrated it’s capabilities at the WMC conference in Barcelona, Spain last year.