China Telecom to adopt dual-mode FDD/TD-LTE

25 Jun 2013

China Telecom is to adopt dual-mode frequency division duplexing LTE (FDD-LTE, often referred to as LTE) and time-division duplexing LTE (TDD-LTE, also referred to as TD-LTE), reports DigiTimes which cites company chairman Wang Xiaochu. Wang reportedly said that the former will be used to cover large areas, while the latter will cover small-scale urban areas. China Telecom originally planned to adopt FDD-LTE, but the company has allegedly made the shift to dual-mode due to a directive from the Chinese government giving priority to the TD-LTE standard. Wang went on to reveal that China Telecom expects its total number of wireless subscribers to increase from 172 million at the end of April 2013 to 200 million by the end of the year.

China, China Telecom Corporation