China to Open the Floodgates to Mass LTE Rollout/Licensing in 2013
September 11, 2012 2:37 PM
comment(s) - last by
TD-LTE 4G network is currently undergoing a final set of large-scale tests, while 3G infrastructure is built up
China may be the
largest smartphone market in the world
, but for the most part it's stuck in the 3G slow lane.
To understand why China has not reached the level of LTE mass deployment the U.S. has, one must understand a bit about how mobile access works in China. In China, like in the U.S., there are several large national carriers. Each carrier
from the government to use certain chunks of spectrum.
However, in China, the carriers are state-owned. Rather than the carriers licensing the spectrum up front and then determining deployment details on a case-by-case basis, initial deployment testing is carried out by the government and precedes any license grants.
That's more or less been the story with TD-LTE (
volution) technology --
China's 4G (fourth generation) LTE technology
, which differs in technical implementation from the
volution (FD-LTE) used in the U.S.
Initial testing has been carried out on China Mobile, a state run carrier, but TD-LTE handset selection has been limited and coverage is only available in some markets.
Despite tests showing TD-LTE being ready for prime time, China's 4G deployment was delayed due to another factor -- lack of base stations. Chinese central planners wanted the number of TD-SCDMA (
ccess) base stations to be expanded from 220,000 to 400,000 [
]. Only then would upgrades be applied to the state-owned base stations to make them TD-LTE compatible. And licenses would not be granted until that patch had rolled out.
A base station towers at China Mobile, the nation's largest carrier. [Image Source: M.I.C. Gadget]
That meant that previous reports indicated that 2014 was the reported date for mass TD-LTE licensing among China's state-owned carriers.
in state-owned news agency Xinhua cites Miao Wei, head of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), as saying that in about a year (H2 2013) licenses will be granted.
China Mobile, who will have 20,000 base stations upgraded to be TD-LTE compatible by the year's end, reportedly stated that it will have 350,000 compatible upgraded base stations by 2014.
The Asian giant may be a little late to the LTE party, but that doesn't mean that it couldn't still seize the speed crown. In the U.S. LTE speeds, despite
, remain well below the official specified rates.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Why compare China and USA
9/11/2012 8:28:23 PM
Most of the readers here are Americans. That might be why.
RE: Why compare China and USA
9/11/2012 9:36:09 PM
That was my point. Many Americans when they read a comparison between them and another country, where they are the top technocrats in comparison, gives them the thought that they are still number one in the world. When in fact their slipping lower every year. As long as they believe their No1, why would they concern themselves in improving.
"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)
Verizon Bumps U.S. LTE Coverage to 370 Markets, 75 Percent of Population
August 16, 2012, 3:17 PM
China is Now the World's Largest Smartphone Market
November 23, 2011, 4:10 PM
Someone Call the Waaambulance: Google "Gamed" 700 MHz Auction
April 17, 2008, 7:54 PM
China Goes 4G, Bypasses 3G
January 30, 2007, 9:00 AM
Retiree Sues Apple For $7,500 for Wiping Honeymoon Photos From His iPhone
November 30, 2015, 10:23 AM
iPhone 7 May Pack 3-4 GB Memory, More Storage; 4-Inch Comeback is Rumored
November 20, 2015, 10:12 PM
OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 Will Receive Android Marshmallow in Q1 2016
November 16, 2015, 9:58 AM
Lenovo Whoa: Motorola Droid MAXX 2 and Turbo 2 Break Cover in Leaks
October 26, 2015, 3:12 PM
Leak: Apple Preps for First Real Android App Foray With New Apple Music App
October 24, 2015, 1:59 PM
Pepsi Smartphone? Empty Calories Coming Soon to the Midrange
October 12, 2015, 11:41 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information