Further delays for FDD as MIIT chief says licences to be considered in 2015

24 Dec 2014

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) will consider allocating licences for Frequency Division Duplex Long Term Evolution (FDD-LTE) in 2015, when conditions are mature, Miao Wei, the minister of industry and information technology told press at a conference earlier this week. Concessions for the use of the technology had previously been expected to be handed out before the end of 2014, and the delay will be a blow for mobile providers China Telecom and China Unicom, as both players intend to use the technology as their primary 4G platform.

News portal C114 also cites the official as saying that the coverage of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks will reach 70 million homes by the end of 2014, with 4G subscriptions surpassing 90 million and the number of IPTV users reaching 33.4 million. Further, the proportion of broadband customers utilising connections of 8Mbps or higher will reach 38.9% by that date, and non-voice services will account for 57.9% of telecoms revenues.