Industry giants team to foster TD-LTE development

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China Mobile, India's Bharti Airtel, South Korea's KT, Japan's Softbank and Vodafone have teamed up to help foster the development of the TD-LTE ecosystem and work towards paving the way for 5G.

The five major operators have agreed to a five-year strategic plan to push the development and adoption of TD-LTE and work towards convergence of the TDD and FDD ecosystems, the Economic Times reported.

As part of the plan, known as GTI 2.0, the operators will also work towards fostering a cross-industry 5G ecosystem.

Bharti Airtel uses a hybrid TDD/FDD architecture and Reliance Jio Infocomm is rolling out a pan-India TDD network. The two operators were among the early adopters of TD-LTE technology. Despite this, TD-LTE adoption has otherwise remained low in India.

But with operators already pursuing carrier aggregation, demand for TD-LTE as a complement to FDD LTE is expected to increase in the near future.

TD-LTE adoption has lagged FDD LTE adoption globally as well. The new initiative could help address this imbalance.

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