China to Issue 4G Licenses by Year-End
Published on: 6th Mar 2013
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By: Ian Mansfield
The Chinese government is expected to start issuing 4G licenses to the country's three mobile networks by the end of this year an official has told the official news agency Xinhua.
"China has made breakthroughs in R&D of 4G technologies, but is still facing restrictions in commercial use," Miao Wei, minister of industry of information technology told the news agency.
However, China also needs to speed up base station construction and provide more 4G smartphones, which require greater financial and technological input, he said on Tuesday.
"We will promulgate supporting policies at an appropriate time to guide the construction and development of the 4G network," Miao added.
China Mobile has been testing its TD-LTE based 4G network in a number of cities and recently launched a commercial service in two cities to test the network.
On the web: Xinhua