O2 parent Telefónica is trialling LTE technology with six providers, to launch test projects in the UK, Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, Brazil and Argentina with a view to a full rollout.
The suppliers Telefónica has chosen so far – Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC, Nokia Siemens Network and ZTE – will start rolling out the equipment necessary for testing the technology during the coming months. The project is also open to other suppliers and will take place over six months.
The trial will help Telefónica determine its fourth generation mobile network strategy.
Telefónica chief operating officer Julio Linares said: “At Telefónica we are working with the conviction that we can only offer our clients the maximum levels of quality and innovation. To do this, we are defining our strategy and the rollout of LTE with the objective of driving mobile broadband and offering the best service from the moment that the equipment and terminals can support the new standards and are available for sale.”
Telefónica claims it will enable to offer network speeds of up to 340 Mbps in ideal conditions. It also said that LTE would allow it more flexible spectrum management.
Through adopting LTE, Telefónica said it would also increase its mobile broadband offer.