The Chinese government plans to formally issue 4G licenses later this year, with China Mobile already working on its network.
According to Premier Li Keqiang, the world’s most populous nation is aiming for annual average growth of 20% in the information consumption industry from 2013 to 2015.
As we said, China Mobile is already deploying a network based on the home-grown TD-LTE technology and has recently issued a huge tender for over 200,000 base stations to boost its existing trial networks.
Rival networks, China Unicom and China Telecom, have not committed to the technology yet and we’re not sure whether they’ll go for the “standard” LTE option or also opt for Chinese home-grown TD-LTE. Some sources suggest they’ll stick to the latter in order to support local vendors…