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China Telecom Tentatively Launches 4G Service in 100 Cities

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China Telecom has commercially launched its LTE based 4G network, with coverage in 100 cities.

The smallest of the three mobile networks has launched the home-grown TD-LTE based service, but at the moment, it is only available through mobile modems, not smartphones.

Tariffs start from the equivalent of US$11.50 per month for 1GB of bandwidth to US$46 for 10GB of data allowance.

The company is targeting business users at the moment. The company did not say when it would open its services to smartphones.

It is competing with China Mobile, which also offers a TD-LTE based service. The third network, China Unicom is expected to launch with an FDD based service, which is more widely supported overseas.

China is expected to have a 4G subscriber base of 440 million by 2017.

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