China Mobile and China Telecom look to sell 136m 4G devices in 2014

24 Jan 2014

China Mobile and China Telecom are aiming to sell a combined total of 136 million 4G Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) devices in 2014, DigiTimes quotes unnamed industry sources as saying. China Mobile, the world’s largest wireless provider by subscribers is aiming to sell 100 million TD-LTE terminals, as well as 90-120 million devices compatible with its home-grown TD-SCDMA 3G platform. Meanwhile CDMA operator China Telecom, the smallest of China’s trio of cellcos, has set its sights on selling 36 million 4G devices in 2014, alongside 64 million 3G (CDMA2000) terminals. Telecom is currently in the process of procuring 300,000 TD-LTE MiFi routers, USB modems and CPE (customer premises equipment) devices, the sources claimed, saying that domestic vendors Huawei and ZTE were major bidders for the contract. In addition, China Telecom plans to launch entry-level TD-LTE smartphones priced at CNY1,000 (USD163.8) in the first half of 2014 as well as mid-range and high-end models in the second half. China’s second-largest cellco, China Unicom, also has a concession for TD-LTE services, but intends to concentrate its attention on rival platform Frequency Division (FD)-LTE.