Mobile passes 50m 4G subscriber milestone

14 Nov 2014

China Mobile, the world’s largest cellular provider by subscribers, achieved its end-year target for 4G customers by the end of October, signing up more than 50 million users to its Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) service by that date, Reuters writes, citing the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC). The cellco added around ten million net new 4G subscribers per month in August, September and October and is on track to sign up more than 70 million 4G users by the end of the year. The cellco has made the most of its early lead on rivals China Unicom and China Telecom, both of which have been far more conservative in their deployment of TD-LTE networks, banking instead on Frequency Division (FD)-LTE technology – full licences for which have yet to be allocated – over the home-grown TD standard favoured by China Mobile and sector regulator the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).