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China Unicom Launches LTE Based 4G Network

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China Unicom has formally launched its 4G network, with coverage initially available in 25 cities. China Unicom plans to increase that to 300 by the end of this year.

The mobile network is the last of the three carriers in the country to launch its 4G service, after China Mobile and China Telecom.

"China Unicom's 4G network development has a steady strategy. We are not getting rid of the 3G network to build the 4G network. In 2014, the 3G network is still considered our main concern, while the 4G network is a supplement to hotspot areas." said Xiong Yu, General Manager, Marketing Dept., China Unicom.

China Unicom's 3G network has been upgraded in most areas to a peak download rate of 42Mbps, and the company will keep the same rates for both 3G and 4G users.

The company expects to sell around 190 million handsets this year, of which 100 million will be 4G capable.

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