CHIPMAKER Intel will work with Huawei to create an interoperability test lab for the implementation of Long Term Evolution time-division duplexing (LTE TDD) networks.
Intel, which was a vocal supporter of the WiMax standard that at one time was seen as a competitor to LTE, has joined forces with Huawei to create an interoperability lab for the testing and deployment of LTE TDD networks. The firms will establish the lab in China.
Deng Taihua, president of LTE TDD, WiMAX and TDS wireless networks at Huawei said, "We will continuously invest in LTE TDD research and deployment as well as the global expansion of LTE TDD networks. We are excited to partner with Intel to accelerate the development of our technology and provide our customers with leading LTE TDD solutions."
While Hauwei will benefit from the lab by being able to market its networking equipment, Intel can use the lab as a testbed for its line of Medfield Atom smartphones. Huawei even hinted towards such a plan by saying that Intel will be able to carry out end-to-end testing of its mobile hardware by connecting to its LTE TDD network.
Intel on the other hand wants to work with companies to build its presence in China, with W K Tan, VP of Intel IAG and head of MCG in China saying, "The engagement with Huawei will take advantage of the two companies' strengths and leading technologies. We are committed to working together with partners in China to build a healthy LTE TDD ecosystem within China and even beyond."
While Intel is the big dog when it comes to processors in desktops, laptops and servers, it needs help from firms such as Huawei to create a successful smartphone in the world's largest market. The testing collaboration could also lead to the two firms working closely on producing Atom based smartphones. µ