China Formally Awards LTE Operating Licenses
Published on: 4th Dec 2013
By: Simon Davies
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology MIIT has finally and formally issued 4G licenses to the country's three mobile network operators.
China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom received permits to offer 4G services based on the homegrown TD-LTE technology.
Having received its license, China Mobile said the rates for 4G services will be cheaper than those for 3G. In some cities where the company has launched the 4G network for trial commercial use, the tariff is 20 percent below comparable 3G network plans.
The MIIT also said that it will test a converged TD-LTE/LTE FDD network at a later date.
The MIIT said the convergence of the two standards is gaining momentum in the global telecom industry. A total of 10 converged TD-LTE/LTE FDD commercial networks have been established so far worldwide.
"China will issue licenses for LTE FDD when the condition is ripe," said the ministry.
"The 4G industry chain, which involves terminal manufacturing and the software sector, will further improve the services of China's telecom sector," said spokesman Zhang Feng.