China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom gets 4G LTE license

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued 4G licenses to three Chinese telecom operators- China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom based on TD-LTE technology.

All the three operators have conducted large scale tests of TD-LTE and the operators are ready for commercial deployment. Even in terms of speed, 4G speed is 10 times that of 3G services.

Zhang Feng, spokesman, MIIT said, “4G technology will lower bandwidth costs and promise faster mobile broadband.”

According to Xinhua, China Mobile said the rates for 4G services will be cheaper than those for 3G. In some cities where the company has launched the 4G network for trial commercial use, the tariff is 20 percent less than similar 3G network plans.

The ministry is also planning to test a converged TD-LTE/LTE-FDD network at a later date as convergence of two standards is gaining momentum worldwide. A total of 10 converged TD-LTE/LTE-FDD commercial networks have already been established worldwide.

The Operators
China Mobile has announced that the company was informed by its parent company, China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC), that  MIIT has granted to CMCC the permission to operate LTE/fourth generation digital mobile telecommunications (TD-LTE) business, as well as the approval for CMCC to authorize the company to operate fixed-line telecommunications business.

The company will devote its efforts to assist its parent company in the construction and operations of the 4G (TD-LTE) network and actively promote its full service operations in order to provide its customers with comprehensive, high quality and highly efficient information and communications services.

China Telecom has announced that the company was notified by China Telecommunications that China Telecom has been granted by MIIT the permit to operate the LTE/4G digital cellular mobile service (TD-LTE). Meanwhile, China Telecom will apply for the permit to operate the LTE/4G digital cellular mobile service (LTE-FDD) as soon as practicable.

In order to proactively implement national innovation strategy and leverage collaborated use of different spectrum resources to meet customers’ demand, the company aims to adopt a flexible approach in deployment of LTE network with one hybrid network of integrated resources.

China Telecom will flexibly deploy LTE network with regard to data business growth and value chain development. In particular, the LTE deployment would only start from densely populated areas, overlaying on existing superior 3G network for long-term integrated operation. The company would grasp the rapidly growing data business opportunities with an aim to better enhance customers experience and corporate return.

China Telecom believes that the issue of 4G digital cellular mobile service operation permit will be beneficial to the sustainable development of the telecom industry. It will also foster the information consumption and economic growth. However, it will simultaneously intensify market competition. The company will proactively leverage its operation edge and strive to foster the sustainable development of its business.

China Unicom was notified by its parent company, China United Network Communications Group Company that Unicom Parent has been granted the license to operate LTE/4G digital cellular mobile service (TD-LTE) by MIIT. MIIT has also granted approval for Unicom Parent to license China United Network Communications, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, to operate LTE/4G digital cellular mobile service (TD-LTE) nationwide in China.

Meanwhile, the company will continue to proactively apply for the launch of LTE-FDD technology test run. It aims to leverage on the 3G network in order to provide users with mobile broadband data services with a higher speed.

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