China 4G licenses to be issued in 2013

Summary:The Chinese government will be issuing 4G permits sooner than previously announced, which will give its homegrown Time-Division Long-Term Evolution technology a boost.

Licenses for 4G services in China may come sooner than previously announced and is expected to give a boost to its Time-Division Long-Term Evolution (TD-LTE) technology.

A Xinhua report on Monday, citing Miao Wei, head of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), said the country will start issuing 4G permits in about a year's time, and will be a boon for the next-generation wireless technology's development which is spearheaded locally.

The latest announcement contradicts a report in March when the minister said 4G licenses in China will not be issued until 2014 . This is to allow operators to build more base stations and for more handsets to be developed .

Operators such as China Mobile have been ramping up its LTE base station installations . The telco plans to build 350,000 TD-LTE base stations in the country by 2014, up from the 20,000 base stations which are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Topics: 4G, China

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