China may not see 4G for another 2-3 years

China may not see 4G for another 2-3 years
China may have just hit 1 billion mobile subscribers, but it looks like all billion of them will be waiting a few years before they see 4G service. In a discussion aired on state TV a few days ago, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology leader, Miao Wei, said that China would most likely wait another 2 to 3 years to issue 4G licenses for LTE TDD networks.

Wei stated that the country hopes to expand its current network of 220,000 TD-SCDMA base stations to 400,000, and then upgrade those units to LTE TDD before offering 4G licenses. He anticipates that process will take three years to complete.

State owned China Mobile is a driving force behind LTE TDD deployment, but Wei also cited handset and chip vendor support as a barrier to entry. He said, “We need their active participation, to speed up development of the commercial trials.”

source: PCWorld

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18 Comments

1. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

If that isn't one of the most offensive photos I've ever seen!... You guys are really looking to get yourselves In hot water with the Asian community. Not a good look Phonearena!

2. thatdude1 unregistered

So true...this picture is quite tasteless, even for phonearena.

18. Gotchafone

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

DigitalJedi_X2 Y U NO NO MEMES

4. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

isnt this kind of wasting spectrum? or is 4g on a whole different spectrum

8. phunkinc

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

Troll memes are troll memes

9. Shin

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

bad picture!

10. Jericho unregistered

This nothing compare to what we have in my country. We have 2g only not even 3g thats what makes me wanna leave my country after graduation.

14. zaryab_hussain77

Posts: 104; Member since: Jun 30, 2011

same with me............thinking of leaving pak after inter

11. yemaat2000

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Which country are you.

12. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 2011

Lol on the comments. The image used on that picture is one of the famous memes on this site called 9gag. That image signifies those people that are quite baffled on why China does not want to license 4g. Lol. Get out of phonearena once in a while. At least you people can develop a healthy sense of humor.

13. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

3g was introduced in India only a year ago with himalayan prices and it was like people don give a crap about 3g. Now network providers are cutting down plan prices to attract people but its getting nowhere for them. So for india, that'll be like 2-3*2.

15. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

No,Sibal said they will hold 4g specturm auction by the end of the year so with some luck it could be avaiable by mid-2013

16. nosybummer

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

True lets hope there wont be a 4G spectrum scam

17. mrandrewshah

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

Oh I have to say the Y U NO guy was a nice touch.

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