Ready for 4G?

Here we go again with Chinese telecommunication standards and regulatory procedures.

According to Caixin the very much expected roll-out of 4G networks may run into delays. Results of network testing conducted by China Mobile are being withheld and, instead of the usual group approach, the Chinese carrier appears to be holding one-on-one discussion with network equipment vendors.

The process is somehow reminding us of the 3G saga in which operating licenses were given out once domestic firms had managed to offer a working standard that could match the established European and American standard.

Being a state-owned carrier may not always secure a competitive advantage, in particular when the regulator interferes with the market.