MIIT throws weight behind TD-LTE, receives six requests for MVNO licences

22 May 2013

China’s trio of wireless network operators, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, are all to be issued Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) licences, Marbridge Daily writes, citing a source close to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Operators intending to deploy other technologies, such as Frequency Division (FD)-LTE, will be required to apply to the MIIT for a separate licence, potentially delaying the cellco’s rollout and launch plans.

In related news, Prepaid MVNO writes that more than 60 companies have applied to the MIIT for authorisation to provide value added services (VAS) – largely prospective internet service providers (ISPs) – and six companies have sought mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licences, under the government’s plans to open the telecom sector to competition.