Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai confers award upon Markus Borchert, president of Greater China region at Nokia Networks
Achievement underlines Nokia’s outstanding contribution to standardization, globalization of 4G/TD-LTE technology
30 September 2014
Beijing, China – Nokia today received the prestigious People’s Republic of China Friendship Award hosted by the country’s State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. Markus Borchert, president of the Greater China region at Nokia Networks, accepted the award from Ma Kai, Vice Premier of China, for the company’s long-standing commitment and dedication to developing the TD-LTE technology standard. This is the highest level recognition awarded by the Chinese government to non-Chinese experts for their contributions to the country’s economic and social progress.
Nokia is a pioneer in driving the technology and global market development for TD-LTE, resulting in the creation of a rich worldwide ecosystem and a large supply chain in China. In 1998, Nokia was the first international company to strongly promote TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE as global standards. Since then, it has built up the full value chain for TD-LTE including product management, research and development, manufacturing, logistics, global marketing, sales and services in the country.
“This award is a wonderful recognition of Nokia’s long-standing commitment to create win-win outcomes between China and Europe by jointly innovating and developing global markets with TD-LTE technology, which is being adopted on all continents around the globe. This technology is an important enabler for social and economic growth in China, and we are proud of our leadership position here. This achievement marks an important milestone in our journey towards becoming the top foreign telecommunications vendor in the country,” said Markus Borchert.
“Since 1998, we have worked in close collaboration with the Chinese government, academia and the operator community to strengthen the foundation of TD-LTE. I dedicate this award to the Nokia team for wholeheartedly supporting the Chinese government in its endeavors to further enhance the growth potential of the communications industry and generate employment opportunities in the country.”
China Mobile, the world’s largest wireless operator, recently recognized Nokia as its largest non-Chinese 4G network vendor and ranked Nokia as a leader in the quality assessment of its commercial TD-LTE network. Nokia also won the Outstanding Contribution to TD Technology Award presented by the Telecommunication Development Industry Alliance (TDIA).
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