Telecom’s 4G network plans knocked back by MIIT

10 Sep 2013

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has rejected China Telecom’s 4G mobile network construction plan, Sina Tech writes, citing unnamed officials from the provider. The regulator reportedly dismissed Telecom’s rollout programme as Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) elements, the home-grown platform preferred by the watchdog, accounted for less than 10% of the total network. The provider submitted a revised scheme for 4G deployment which is yet to be green-lit by the regulator, although with TD-LTE making up less than 30% of the network under the new plan, MIIT is expected to continue to withhold approval. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that CDMA provider China Telecom revealed in June this year that it would deploy TD-LTE technology in high-demand urban areas, whilst Frequency Division (FD)-LTE would be used for the majority of the network.

In related news, Marbridge Consulting reports that China Telecom has released tender documents to ten vendors for the supply of equipment for its integrated TD-LTE/FD-LTE network. Bids for the contract must be submitted to the provider by 22 September.

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