- February 29th, 2012
- Carly Page
China Mobile has confirmed its plans for a widespread roll-out of TD-LTE, in a bid to bring the high-speed connectivity to the whole of China.
The telecommunication-giant, the largest in China with 665 million subscribers, took to Mobile World Congress to announce that over 20,000 TD-LTE base stations would be in operation by the end of this year – a number which is expected to rise to 200,000 in 2013.
The network added that it will add three Chinese cities to the locations where it will test its fourth-generation telecommunication technology this year; Beijing, Tianjin and Qingdao, bringing the total number of cities up to nine.
China Mobile President Li Yu he said, “We’re ready for large scale deployment with commercial service becoming available in 2013. The first TD-LTE installations will start during the second half of this year, and this will include some of the existing TD-SCDMA sites being upgraded to TD-LTE.”
Daryl Schoolar, principal analyst commented on the move from China Mobile, saying: “The GTI also provided targets it hopes to reach by 2014. Those goals included the deployment of 500,000 commercial base stations covering two-billion people. China Mobile will play a major role in reaching those goals. The company announced at the event that it will deploy 20,000 base stations in 2012, and plans to have 200,000 in service by end of 2013.”
“While the growth of TD-LTE requires success outside of China, it also requires success inside of China. Large scale deployments in that country will play an important role in part ramping up the overall ecosystem for the technology, and encourage other mobile operators to deploy TD-LTE as well.”
[Source: China Daily]