FD-LTE frequencies handed to Unicom and Telecom, insider says

15 Oct 2013

China Unicom and China Telecom, which operate GSM/W-CDMA and CDMA networks respectively, have been allocated spectrum for Frequency Division Long Term Evolution (FD-LTE), Marbridge Daily cites an industry insider as saying. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has reportedly allocated 2×25MHz in the 2100MHz range (1955MHz-1980MHz with 2145MHz-2170MHz) to China Telecom, whilst Unicom received 2×30MHz in the 1800MHz band (1755MHz-1785MHz with 1850MHz-1880MHz). China Mobile is expected to receive spectrum in the 2600MHz range for its Time Division (TD)-LTE network, although it was unclear whether the MIIT still plans to allocate TD-LTE frequencies to Unicom and Telecom. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Telecom revealed early this year that it would deploy a mixture of FD and TD in its network, whilst China Unicom confirmed its intention to use FD technology for its 4G platform. Rumours regarding the allocation of 4G spectrum previously suggested that the MIIT was keen to promote the home-grown TD-LTE standard and was encouraging operators to use the platform.