Reports are showing today that China Mobile’s will see its first 4G mobile phone by the end of the year. This comes after several months worth of testing in Shenzhen, Ningbo, and Hangzhou, as well as 4G service opening in Hong Kong in early May.
While this is certainly good news, it is perhaps a bit too little too late, as their 3G service at the moment has frequent issues and few compatible devices. China Mobile seems to recognize that it basically missed the boat, so it is moving on to 4G as soon as possible. By the end of 2013, they hope to have 200,000 base stations in operation.
Still, you can be sure that 4G services will only be available in certain locations, and intermittent at best for the first few months. Vice GM Li Zhengmao predicts that the network will also be compatible with the iPhone by 2014, a long-shot from the next generation of the iPhone, slated to hit markets in October. I for one will be switching to a new service provider for the time being.
Source: Beijing News (Sina Tech and TechinAsia)