While it was mentioned briefly on the last quarterly earnings call, Motorola did not officially announce its new LTE deal with operator KDDI until tonight. According to the press release:
Motorola will help develop and implement KDDI’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, including RAN/base station, in Japan… KDDI will deploy its LTE network in both 1.5GHz and 800MHz bands to maximize the effective use of these frequencies. The company intends to offer commercial LTE services by December 2012 following a series of trials scheduled to begin in mid 2010.
You may remember KDDI from last fall when it introduced a service allowing subscribers to transfer DVR content to their mobile phones. KDDI uses Motorola IP set-tops for the service, and I got a good look at the branded au Box back at CES. Not to be outdone on the wireless side, the Japanese operator is now make upgrades to improve its mobile broadband service. The forthcoming LTE network marks the company’s jump to 4G from its existing CDMA technology. The deal is a big win for Motorola.