Here comes 4G…

While the 3G licences have finally been announced by the State Council, attention is already turning to the next generation of mobile telephony. China Mobile has publicly announced a development strategy for 4G TD-LTE networks – 60% of its capital investment will be put into 4G over the next few years.

So is the operator “blessed” with the locally-developed 3G standard (TD-SCDMA) trying to leapfrog technology? Not quite. While TD-SCDMA keeps receiving wide criticism the sandards for LTE still have to be finalized. China Mobile will also have to defend its current market share (more than 60%) against a poweful newcome (China Telecom). That said it is always useful to start occupying the landscape with early announcement sending competition into strategic discussions. The company may also be trying to put pressure on the manufacturers to get lower costs.

P.S.: On a recent tour of the China Mobile headquarter in Beijing, I noticed that the LTE corner was already set up but the guide was unable to answer any question related to LTE…

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