Follow Us

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

China issues 4G TD-LTE licenses, paving the way for more iPhone sales

For now, China is only issuing licenses to operate LTE TDD networks

Article comments

Apple's iPhone could be getting a step closer to being officially offered on China's largest mobile network, after the nation's government finally issued 4G licenses to operate LTE TDD networks in the country.

Authorities issued the licenses on Wednesday to all three of the nation's mobile operators, including the largest, China Mobile, which has over 750 million customers.

The carrier has been deploying base stations across the country using the 4G technology known as LTE TDD (Long-Term Evolution Time Division Duplex). Already, China Mobile has been marketing its upcoming 4G services, and local regulators have cleared select phones capable of supporting the LTE standard, also known as TD-LTE in China.

Among the handsets approved by regulators earlier this year are special models of the iPhone 5s and 5c designed for use on TD-LTE networks. Most other countries use LTE-FDD (Frequency Division Multiplexing) for their 4G networks.

In contrast to its rivals, China Telecom and China Unicom, China Mobile has yet to officially offer the iPhone because previous versions of the iPhone have not been compatible with the 3G technology used in its network, and Apple has been unwilling to develop a special version of its phones for China Mobile's TD-SCDMA (Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access) network given that the technology is not widely used outside China.

In 2011, however, China Mobile said both parties had reached a consensus on 4G technology, and stated that future iPhones would work on its LTE TDD network.

The carrier could be preparing to launch the iPhones later this month. A China Mobile branch in the city of Suzhou briefly posted a page on Tuesday accepting pre-orders for the Apple handset, only later take down the site.

A China Mobile spokeswoman on Wednesday said she had not received any information about an iPhone launch for the carrier. It's unclear when the carrier will officially launch its 4G services, but China Mobile said on its website the company will continue establishing the needed networks.

For now, China is only issuing the licenses to operate LTE TDD networks, and not its other variant LTE FDD (frequency division duplex), a 4G standard in popular use in the U.S. On Wednesday, the country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said it would still need to test the LTE FDD technology before it issues the licenses.

China Telecom said it will apply for a LTE FDD license once available, according to a company statement. The carrier uses CDMA2000 3G networks, and has said in the past it would prefer to upgrade to LTE FDD technology.



Share:

More from Techworld

More relevant IT news

Comments



Send to a friend

Email this article to a friend or colleague:

PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the recipient know who sent the story, and in case of transmission error. Both your name and the recipient's name and address will not be used for any other purpose.

Techworld White Papers

Choose – and Choose Wisely – the Right MSP for Your SMB

End users need a technology partner that provides transparency, enables productivity, delivers...

Download Whitepaper

10 Effective Habits of Indispensable IT Departments

It’s no secret that responsibilities are growing while budgets continue to shrink. Download this...

Download Whitepaper

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving is contributing to organisational needs for e-discovery and...

Download Whitepaper

Advancing the state of virtualised backups

Dell Software’s vRanger is a veteran of the virtualisation specific backup market. It was the...

Download Whitepaper

Techworld UK - Technology - Business

Innovation, productivity, agility and profit

Watch this on demand webinar which explores IT innovation, managed print services and business agility.

Techworld Mobile Site

Access Techworld's content on the move

Get the latest news, product reviews and downloads on your mobile device with Techworld's mobile site.

Find out more...

From Wow to How : Making mobile and cloud work for you

On demand Biztech Briefing - Learn how to effectively deliver mobile work styles and cloud services together.

Watch now...

Site Map

* *