China Mobile, the world's largest carrier, is expected to begin testing its TD-LTE service
in March, 2013. The carrier's proprietary 3G network is the reason why the Apple iPhone is not offered by the carrier
, although that is expected to change once the LTE network is up and running. Last year, the mobile operator said that Apple had already agreed to build a version of its smartphone that will run over the TD-LTE pipeline
The testing of the TD-LTE network will start in Chengdu City, western China, with 1,200 TD-LTE base stations being operational. The trial will increase to 15,000 TD-LTE base stations in 21 districts in Chengdu. That figure includes 10,000 stations that will be upgraded from the current TS-SCDMA technology.
China Mobile's goal is to test 200,000 TD-LTE base stations throughout the country by the end of next year. Initial speeds will reach an average of 40Mbps downloading
and 18Mbps uploading
. While China Mobile cannot yet carry the Apple iPhone, China Telecom and China Unicom can and the Apple iPhone 5
is expected to be launched on Friday from the two carriers