Mobile to cooperate with MVNOs on TD-LTE

7 Nov 2014

China Mobile, the world’s largest cellular provider by subscribers, is set to begin cooperating with mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) on Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) in a bid to improve the technology’s user base, DigiTimes writes, citing unnamed industry sources. The operator currently claims more than 40 million 4G customers and is on track to grow that number to 70 million by the end of the year, exceeding its target of 50 million. The announcement follows reports earlier this week that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is preparing to issue licences for rival platform Frequency Division (FD)-LTE to Mobile’s competitors in the next month or so. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the MIIT issued the nation’s first MVNO licences in January this year, with the first operator launching services in May. Prominent MVNOs include resellers owned by e-commerce provider Alibaba (HiChina) and games developer Snail (Snail Mobile).

China, China Mobile