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Telecom Majors Join Together for 4G convergence

Monday, February 29, 2016

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FREMONT, CA: The top five global telecom companies Airtel, Vodafone, SoftBank, KT Corp. and China Mobile have collaborated to push towards 4G convergence and ways to work towards developing the 5G ecosystem at GTI 2.0.

GTI 2.0 along with the new 5-year Strategic plan and mission aims to promote the development and global commercialization of TD-LTE and encourage convergence of LTE TDD/FDD to further a cross-industry pioneering and synergistic 5G ecosystem. It also aims to explore cross-industry markets and opportunities.

Time Division duplex (TD-LTE) and Frequency division duplex (FDD-LTE) are versions of the LTE standards as defined by 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). Duplex is a process of achieving two-way communication over a communication channel. LTE stands for Long Term Evolution.

TD-LTE uses a single frequency band for both transmitting and receiveing. The transmissions are concurrent and not simultaneous.

TD-FDD or paired spectrum uses two frequencies- one uplink band and one downlink band. It is symmetric.

Sunil Bharti Mittal (founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises), Mr. Shang Bing (chairman of China Mobile), Mr. Masayoshi Son (chairman & CEO of SoftBank Group Corp), Mr. Chang-Gyu Hwang (chairman and CEO of KT) and Mr. Vittorio Colao (CEO of Vodafone Group Plc) launched the five-year strategic plan – GTI 2.0.

"Bharti Airtel is delighted to be a part of GTI 2.0. We have led the roll-out of TD-LTE in India and are confident that it will emerge as the preferred standard for evolving mobile technologies. We look forward to collaborating with the consortium partners towards developing technology ecosystem for the future and help build a digitally inclusive world," says Sunil Bharti Mittall, Chairman of Bharti Airtel.

"China Mobile will fully support GTI 2.0 objectives. We will work closely with GTI partners to further promote TD-LTE evolution, global deployment and propel 5G development and joint innovation to embrace the new era of 'Everything Connected," says, Shang Bing, Chairman of China Mobile.

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