(Last Updated On: February 25, 2016)

Leading telecom operators across the globe like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, KT Corporation, SoftBank Group, and China Mobile have come together to support GTI 2.0, a new 5-year strategic plan and mission, for pushing the global development of TD-LTE ecosystem. They are doing this with the main aim to converge the technology with FDD LTE, and thus taking a step towards the development of 5G network technology.


Bharti Airtel has been the leading telecom operator in India for the deployment of TD-LTE.

“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,” said Sunit Bharti Airtel, CEO and CMD at Bharti Airtel.

GTI, after being founded in 2011 is dedicated to building a robust ecosystem of TD-LTE. It also accounts for the quick commercialization of TD-LTE technology and also towards the convergence of LTE TDD and FDD network technologies.

GTI has 122 operator members, 103 industrial partners. GTI has already accomplished its mission 1.0 by building and commercializing an end-to-end TD-LTE ecosystem.

If the entire telecom industry jointly develops 5G network technology together, then they’ll be able to do so in a much more cost-efficient manner and that too in lesser time.

“It is important for the industry to continue developing 4G and to work together to develop the standards for 5G technology ahead of its expected commercial introduction from 2020 onwards,” said Vittorio Colao, CEO at Vodafone Group.

According to the stats, there were a total of 76 commercial TD-LTE networks in 43 countries across the world, with 91 TD-LTE networks in progress. These networks had 1.4 million base stations and were serving a total user base of 470 million subscribers by the end of 2015.

“I also expect GTI 2.0 continues to promote the evolution of technology to meet the requirements of 1 million times growth of mobile data traffic in next 30 years. In specific, I believe Band 41 HP UE will benefit both operator and customer, which I really want GTI 2.0 to make it happen as soon as possible,” said Masayoshi Son, Chairman at Softbank Group.

GTI 2.0 aims to make TD-LTE a global standard for 4G while pushing for the convergence of TDD/FDD networks. This will lead to a unified 5G network standard across the globe which will benefit the entire telecom industry as a whole.