China Mobile Applies for FDD-LTE Permit

Published By : 11 Mar 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

China Mobile has applied for a permit for FDD-LTE (Frequency Division Duplex Long Term Evolution) system. The company has however stressed that it will use the systems for supporting its TD (Time Division) LTE network and for showcasing the potential benefits that can occur from the integration of two rival 4G platforms like FDD-LTE and TD-LTE. 

Xi Guohua, chairman of China Mobile stated that China Mobile is at a position that it is confident about its business in the TD-LTE technology, and that allocation of FDD-LTE licences to rival telecom firms China Telecom and China Unicom, that happened quite recently, will not have much of an impact on the cellco, company’s TD-LTE system that had gathered a customer base of 4G users of more than 100 million by the end of January this year. 

China Mobile has recently applied for a Frequency Division Duplex Long Term Evolution license to MIIT, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology so as to integrate FDD-LTE and TD-LTE. Company says that the FDD spectrum can be used in cases when the TD-LTE spectrum becomes crowded.

Xi Guohua noted that if the integration program goes smoothly, it can also be marketed in other countries, as an added benefit of the novel approach. Speaking about the benefits of the TD-LTE technology, he noted that the technology has matured in terms of industry chains and technological potential over the last year of it being in the market. He added that whether the technologies fare well or not depends on the market, particularly on the fact whether the industry has become mature or not. 

He also explained that China Mobile’s focus in this fiscal year will remain on the improvement of indoor coverage of network in urban as well as rural areas, and on reducing 4G tariffs and voice services. 
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