China Unicom, Telecom expand 4G network trials to 40 Chinese cities

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BEIJING – Unicom and Telecom, the country’ .2 and .3 mobile carriers, have received government approval to test 4G -speed networks a of 40 cities, up from 16 previously, they said on .

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which allowed both mobile operators to test new LTE hybrid network beginning June, approved 24 additional cities including Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Dongguan and Xiamen.

Unicom and Telecom’ 4G networks are expected to provide a significant boost to businesses as subscribers sign up for the faster and costlier service.

The carriers also hope to recoup some subscribers lost to Mobile, the country’ largest carrier, which obtained its 4G license December and already boasts 20 4G subscribers.
China Mobile received what amounted to a significant head start in its 4G roll-out because regulators had previously green-lighted its TD-LTE network technology.

Telecom, which had 180 subscribers in August, and Unicom, which reported 296 subscribers, both use networks that incorporate both LTE FDD and TD-LTE technology.

Earlier this week China Telecom posted its slowest quarter of net income growth in six quarters and said would not an interim dividend as uncertainty around 4G licenses and regulatory policy ate into its bottom line.

and Wang Xiaochu, who has stated a target of rolling out 4G to 50 cities by the end of the year, said in the earnings release the company “faced unprecedented uncertainty” due to factors including 4G regulatory policy and value-added tax reform. (Reuters)[eap_ad_3]