LTE the Only Road to Wireless 4G in China

Although competing 4G technologies will come to the fore in other countries, LTE will be the only route to 4G wireless service in China, reports In-Stat TD-LTE, one of the two flavors of LTE, will receive much more support than LTE-FDD in China. In 2010, China Mobile will use TD-LTE to construct a pre-commercial LTE network.

China Mobile will be the first operator to launch commercial LTE operation. This will happen in limited areas in 2011. China Telecom and China Unicom will, we believe, follow China Mobile's lead.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • 2009 is the first year of China's 3G era in which three 3G technologies (WCDMA, CDMA2000, and TD-SCDMA) have been adopted by separate operators.

  • In-Stat predicts that China's LTE subscribers will number no more than 500,000 by 2013, and that 80% of these will be China Mobile subscribers.

  • China Unicom and China Telecom will begin LTE network construction later than China Mobile, likely in 2012.

This Market Alert is drawn from the In-Stat research,  LTE in China—The Next Gold Mine After 3G (#IN0904599CCM), which covers the market for wireless service in China. It includes:

  • Forecasts of Chinese mobile subscribers including breakouts for 3G and LTE through 2013.
  • Analysis of LTE technology and of the Chinese market for it.
  • Analysis of Chinese mobile operators' strategies.
  • Profiles of LTE vendors: Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia Siemens Networks, Qualcomm, ZTE.
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This research is part of In-Stat's China Multimedia service, which provides insight into video services and device markets in China, and is focused on four big trends in 2008: Internet video, Mobile Video, TD-SCDMA, and Digital cable.

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Generation Data—Global 3G Market Review

4Q08 3G/4G Deployment & Subscriptions Database

The Road to 4G: LTE and WiMAX Lead the Way Worldwide

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