China Mobile targets 250m TD-LTE users by end-2015

23 Dec 2014

The chairman of China Mobile, Xi Guohua, has said that his company expects to have signed up 80 million Time-Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) subscribers by the end of this year – eclipsing its original target of 50 million 4G users – with the total expected to reach 250 million connections by the end of 2015. China Mobile is on track to have deployed more than 700,000 TD-LTE base transceiver stations (BTS) by the end of this year, equivalent to 80% of the world total at this date, far exceeding its original figure of having built 500,000 BTS. Xi added that the carrier is confident of selling some 230 million terminal devices (of which over 100 million will be TD-LTE-enabled) this year, and 250 million devices next year – including 200 million TD-LTE. To help facilitate this, the mobile operator and its primary smartphone chip supplier Qualcomm have inked separate deals with no fewer than three Chinese original design manufacturers (ODMs) to jointly development multi-mobile smartphones capable of supporting GSM, W-CDMA, TD-SCDMA, LTT FDD and TD-LTE technology. The ODMs are Shenzhen Huiye Communications Technologies, Wingtech and Shanghai Huaqin Telecom Technology.

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