Hong Kong's TD-LTE network to go live in December

Summary:City will be the first in Asia-Pacific to have dual mode TD- and FDD-LTE network when China Mobile Hong Kong rolls out its service.

China Mobile Hong Kong plans to roll out its Time-Division Long-Term Evolution (TD-LTE) within the year, making the city the first in Asia-Pacific to have a dual-mode TD- and FDD-LTE (Frequency Division Duplex LTE) network.

A report by The Beijing News Tuesday, citing the Hong Kong subsidiary of China Mobile, noted the operator's plans to roll out its TD-LTE by the end of 2012. TD-LTE is China's homegrown LTE standard and has seen good adoption worldwide  due to strong support from the Chinese government.

Citing an unnamed industry analyst, The Beijing News report said China Mobile's commercialization of TD-LTE means LTE technology has matured and will speed up China's 4G market.

The report noted China Mobile's growth in China had slowed and its average revenue per user (ARPU) had been falling . In the 3G market, rival operators China Telecom and China Unicom also had been encroaching on China Mobile's 3G user base.

Due to these circumstances, telecom expert Chen Jinqiao said China Mobile's was focused on setting up 4G networks as soon as possible , according to the report.

In September, 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 .

According to Hong Kong's Office of the Communications Authority, the number of mobile subscribers in the city reached 15.9 million in August 2012, 9.5 million of which subscribed to 2.5G and 3G/4G networks."

Topics: 4G, China, Hong Kong, Networking, Telcos

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