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LTE the Only Road to Wireless 4G in China

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Although competing 4G technologies will come to the fore in other countries, LTE will be the only route to 4G wireless service in China, reports In Stat. TD LTE, one of the two flavors of LTE, will receive much more support than LTE FDD in China. In 2010, China Mobile will use TD LTE to construct a pre commercial LTE network.

"China Mobile will be the first operator to launch commercial LTE operation," says Anty Zheng, In-Stat analyst. "This will happen in limited areas in 2011. China Telecom and China Unicom will, we believe, follow China Mobile's lead."

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • 2009 is the first year of China's 3G era in which three 3G technologies (WCDMA, CDMA2000, and TD-SCDMA) have been adopted by separate operators.
  • In-Stat predicts that China's LTE subscribers will number no more than 500,000 by 2013, and that 80% of these will be China Mobile subscribers.
  • China Unicom and China Telecom will begin LTE network construction later than China Mobile, likely in 2012.

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