4G handsets go on sale for China Mobile

1 Oct 2013

China Mobile, the world’s largest operator by subscribers has begun offering 4G Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) compatible handsets in preparation for the expected issuance of 4G concessions, due before the end of the year. Total Telecom quotes local news outlets as saying that 4G handsets have gone on sale in Hangzhou, Ningbo and Wenzhou in Zhejiang province, and Guangzhou and Shenzhen in Guangdong province.

In related news, China Mobile has contracted French-US vendor Alcatel Lucent to provide its ‘lightRadio’ TD-LTE overlay, which the supplier says will significantly improve the cellco’s mobile broadband service in an extremely cost-efficient way. Alca-Lu CEO Michel Combes noted that: ‘By leveraging the ultra-broadband capabilities of our innovative TD-LTE lightRadio solution, China Mobile will have the ability to greatly expand mobile broadband coverage with a consistent, high quality subscriber experience, including [in] challenging environments such as inside commercial and residential buildings.’

China, Alcatel-Lucent, China Mobile