China Issues Licenses for New 4G Network

China’s mobile market is about to get a significant boost, one of the 4G variety. While the state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua reported over a week ago that China’s 4G network would be switched on December 18th, what remained to be seen was how the country’s major telecommunication companies would be licensed to access it. Today we have received our answer.

China’s three major mobile carriers, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom will all receive access to China’s homegrown TD-LTE network, while China Telecom and China Unicom will also receive licenses for the more popular and international FDD-LTE network.

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This is not China’s first experience with 4G speeds, as a few Chinese cities have experimented with the technology in the past. However, those experiments were just that and were limited to the cities they were placed in. December 18th represents the day China’s nationwide 4G network is turned on. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Chinese citizens will still be limited to 3G or slower speeds as the “nationwide” network currently only supports the nation’s largest cities.

This development also allows China Mobile to add the iPhone to their list of supported devices. The iPhone is not compatible with its current 3G-SCDMA network.

Jumping into the 4G future cost China a pretty penny, with its original investment into the network totaling 500 billion yuan ($82 billion USD) and is estimated to reach as high as 1 trillion yuan by the end of the project.

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  1. Alex
    December 4, 2013

    Good grief! That’s a Shit load of money for faster cell speed… Why not wait a few more years, save up, while using some of the money now for helping the poor over there…

    • Barry
      December 5, 2013

      I am sure that you also have poor people in your country AND 4G network.

  2. Xiaolu
    December 5, 2013

    Yeah, now there would be a breach between DSL and 4G services… 😛 because DSL connections really SUCK here in mainland China (not that in my country are awesome, but you can get 100 and even 200 Mb contracts through cable and 20-30 Mb normal DSL).

    So it will be pretty interesting to see how they charge in 4G plans… Unlimited 4G? Hope so…