China Mobile will be the first carrier to offer 4G LTE in China on Dec. 18, followed by China Unicom and China Telecom, bringing the most advanced telecommunications technology to the country’s more than 1 billion mobile users. The news was confirmed by Xinhua, the Chinese government’s official mouthpiece, reports TechCrunch.
The TD-LTE standard is used by China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier with 760 million subscribers. China Mobile said in April that about a quarter of the (USD $30 billion) it will spend on its networks has been earmarked for TD-LTE.
Apple and China Mobile will likely launch their TD-LTE phone on December 18 and may enjoy a significant boost in sales by offering iPhones that support TD-LTE. But low cost of 4G phones, according to Li Yue, China Mobile’s president, are expected to be priced below 1,000 yuan (US$162) and will appear in the second half of next year.
The frequency bands used by TD-LTE are 3.4–3.6 GHz in Australia and UK, 2.57−2.62 GHz in the US and China, 2.545-2.575 GHz in Japan, and 2.3–2.4 GHz in India and Australia. The technology supports scalable channel bandwidth, between 1.4 and 20 MHz. A typical range is up to 200 metres (660 ft) indoors on a 2.57–2.62 GHz radio frequency link, according to Wikipedia.
China plans to complete broadband coverage in both its urban and rural areas by 2020. China Daily reports the strategy aims at rolling out Wi-Fi coverage in key public urban areas by 2013 and fixed broadband coverage for half of Chinese households by 2015.
Qualcomm supplies chips to the likes of Huawei, Lenovo and ZTE in China. Qualcomm reports that customers in China generated 49 percent, or $12.3 billion, of its total consolidated revenue for fiscal 2013 through the end of September.
China has started an anti-monopoly probe against Qualcomm, according to the company. Analysts say the investigation could be an attempt to slow Qualcomm’s business in the world’s largest smartphone market. Neither Motorola’s Moto G nor Moto X are sold in China, a result of the Chinese government’s ban on Google services, which flow into its phones.
Broadcom, Marvell and Intel all claim that they’re well positioned to be the No. 2 player in LTE modems. Intel claims that its XMM 7260 modem will handle TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE, as well as TD-SCDMA support, in first half of 2014. But Qualcomm is still the most comprehensive “one-stop-shop” for mobile apps processors and modems.
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