MIIT to award FD-LTE licences by next month

6 Nov 2014

Chinese regulator the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has begun preparations to issue licences for Frequency Division Long Term Evolution (FD-LTE) and is expected to allocate the concessions next month, Marbridge Daily reports. China Unicom and China Telecom, the nation’s second and third largest cellular providers by subscribers respectively, have both submitted requests for the licences, and have been trialling hybrid FD-LTE/Time Division-LTE (TD-LTE) networks since June this year. Both cellcos favour FD-LTE over the home-grown TD-LTE and delays in handing out licences for the technology have left the two smaller operators lagging even further behind market leader China Mobile, which has fully embraced TD-LTE technology.