De­safio de 4G

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Front Page - By GAO YUAN

A con­cor­rên­cia no mer­cado chinês de tele­co­mu­ni­cações da quarta ger­ação vai se re­forçar de­pois de li­cenças de teste serem con­ce­di­das a op­er­ado­ras lo­cais.

Com­pe­ti­tion in China’s fourth-gen­er­a­tion telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions mar­ket is set to heat up af­ter the reg­u­la­tor awarded LTE-FDD (long-term evo­lu­tion fre­quency-di­vi­sion du­plex­ing) trial per­mits to lo­cal car­ri­er­son Fri­day, in­dus­try sources said.

The long-awaited per­mits will help the na­tion’s twos­maller car­ri­ers to chal­lenge China Mo­bile Corp, the world’s big­gest tele­com op­er­a­tor by sub­scriber num­bers.

TheMin­istry of In­dus­tryand In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy said it will al­low China Tele­com Corp Ltd and Chi­naUnit­edNet­work Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Group Co Ltd, also known as China Uni­com, to test a joint 4G net­work us­ing LTE-FDD and TD-LTE tech­nolo­gies in 16 cities. Those cities weren’t iden­ti­fied.

Per­mis­sion for the trial run of FDD net­works isn’t equiv­a­lent to a li­cense. The min­istry said it will con­sider giv­ing out FDD li­censes in the fu­ture at the car­ri­ers’ re­quest.

China launched 4G ser­vices about six months ago but only al­lowed car­ri­ers to use TD-LTE tech­nol­ogy, a do­mes­tic stan­dard. The FDD tech­nol­ogy is more ac­cepted glob­ally. Coun­tries such as the United States, Ger­many, South Korea and Brazil all use FDD net­works.

“The new 4G stan­dard will en­able us to com­pete with the lead­ers and bet­ter serve our cus­tomers,” said Wang Xiaochu, chair­man of China Tele­com. “The ‘late spring’ of FDD tech­nol­ogy will not hin­der our 4G busi­ness. We have al­ready teamed up with smart­phone mak­ers and re­tail part­ners to hel­pus­de­liv­er­more4Gde­vices in China.”

An­a­lysts be­lieve the in­tro­duc­tion of the new stan­dard will al­ter the land­scape of the coun­try’s young but fast­grow­ing 4G mar­ket.

“The FDD per­mis­sion came a lit­tle late for China Tele­com and China Uni­com, the two long­stand­ing sup­port­ers of the tech­nol­ogy,” said Xiang Li­gang, a tele­com re­searcher and founder of in­dus­try site CC­Time.com.

In­tro­duc­ing a new stan­dard will help both com­pa­nies to “rapidly ex­pand” 4G ser­vices as the car­ri­ers have al­ready built sev­eral FDD base sta­tions in some Chi­nese cities, ac­cord­ing to Xiang. The TD-LTE based net­work will fo­cus on high­end ser­vices af­terFDDen­ters the mar­ket, he pre­dicted.

China Mo­bile is rapidly ex­pand­ing its 4G mar­ket share us­ing the TD-LTE net­work.

The com­pany said two weeks ago it had signed up 6.5 mil­lion 4G users in the past six months. China Mo­bile aims to build the world’s big­gest 4G net­work by user pop­u­la­tion, ac­cord­ing to top ex­ec­u­tives.

Also on Fri­day, China Tele­com or­dered 62 mil­lion con­tract 3G and 4G smart­phones from ven­dors in­clud­ing Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics Co Ltd, Huawei Tech­nolo­gies Co Ltd, ZTE Corp and Len­ovo Group Ltd. The car­rier also un­veiled its 4G ser­vice pric­ing on Fri­day.

Yang Yuan­qing, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Len­ovo, said it is look­ing to sell 10 mil­lion con­tract smart­phones with China Tele­com in this year.

China Uni­com hasn’t yet re­acted to the de­vel­op­ment.

This year, 120 mil­lion 4G-en­abled smart­phones are fore­cast to be shipped in China, and to­tal smart­phone ship­ments are on track to break 450 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to re­search firm IDC.

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