LG Electronics and China Mobile has showcased the first TD-LTE capable smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The TD-LTE smartphone demo at MWC was done on a modified LG Optimus G smartphone.
TD-LTE (Time-Division Long-Term Evolution) is a 4G mobile telecommunications technology and standard that was co-developed by Datang Telecom, China Mobile, ZTE, Huawei, Nokia Siemens Networks, Alcatel Shanghai Bell, ST-Ericsson, Leadcore, Qualcomm, and more.
TD-LTE is one of two variants of the 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) and the other is Frequency-Division Long-Term Evolution (FD-LTE). TD-LTE has asymmetric use of unpaired spectrum, which means that transmissions can travel in both directions using the same frequency band.
“TD-LTE has the potential to cover 2.7 billion people in Asia alone and today?s demonstration proves that this technology is ready for consumers,” stated LG CEO and President Jong-seok Park. The two standards are comparable, but China adopted the TD-LTE standard. China will be launching the TD-LTE service in China starting in the second half of 2013.