Clearwire Corp. and China Mobile on Tuesday announced an agreement on common test specifications and joint interoperability testing for TD-LTE devices. The companies said the testing covers global band configurations, including 2.3GHz and 2.7GHz.
Clearwire and China Mobile noted the announcement is in conjunction with the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI), which was founded 11 months ago to promote the development of the high-speed wireless technology, TD-LTE.
Starting this month, China Mobile, Clearwire and other GTI operators will set up 4G mobile broadband labs that will allow for the evaluation and qualification of commercial TD-LTE devices simultaneously in multiple markets (including China and the U.S.) using common testing methods, equipment and infrastructure, according to China Mobile and Clearwire.
“Close collaboration with global wireless leader China Mobile accelerates the development of multi-mode multi-band TD-LTE and LTE FDD devices and provides the common test specifications OEMs, ODMs, chipset vendors and other critical component manufacturers need to rapidly develop and commercialize products to serve this massive global marketplace," said Dr. John Saw, chief technology officer of Clearwire, in a statement.
China Mobile will conduct its tests in Beijing and other cities while Clearwire is planning testing in Phoenix and Herndon, Va.