After many months of deliberation and skirting the issue, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has finally approved a wireless spectrum for 4G TDD licensing in China. This comes as a major development for the industry after several months of testing conducted by China Mobile and stalling silence from administrators.
The chosen spectrum is a 2.6Ghz frequency band (from 2500-2690Hz). MIIT expects that this frequency will boost confidence globally for TD-LTE.
China Mobile has already conducted 4G trials in cities such as Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Ningbo and Shenzhen this year, while 4G service was rolled out in Hong Kong in late April. The state-owned telecom plans to construct 20,000 4G base stations around China by the end of the year, according to China Mobile VP Zhao Jibin.