China Confirms 4G Licenses to Be Issued Later This Year
Published on: 15th Jul 2013
By: Simon Davies
The Chinese government plans to formally issue 4G licenses later this year in what is a formality as China Mobile is already working on deploying a government approved network.
Citing a statement released after an executive meeting of the State Council presided over by Premier Li Keqiang, the official Xinhua news agency said that the country is aiming for annual average growth of 20 percent in the information consumption industry from 2013 to 2015.
China Mobile is deploying a network based on the home-grown TD-LTE technology and recently issued a huge tender for over 200,000 base stations to boost its existing trial networks.
Rival networks, Unicom and Telecom have not committed to the technology yet, and have previously been allowed to use 3G technologies that were developed overseas.
There is speculation that they will be encouraged to stick to the home-growth technology for 4G services in order to support local vendors.
On the web: Xinhua