China to Extend 4G Wireless Network Trials to More Cities
China is planning to expand the two year old trial of the 4G mobile network this year following a very good progress in 2012. The country is actively promoting the 4G network trial and looking at the experimental results the whole progress have been good. The next step in the development will depend on the test situation.
China Mobile the country’s largest operator is hoping the move to a 4G network will stem the declining market share among mobile users that watch videos and play games on their mobile phones. Currently the company can’t support iPhones among other handsets on its existing 3G network since it uses homegrown technology. The company’s share of wireless subscribers fell 64 percent from 66 percent by the end of December. Their share of high speed 3G subscribers fell to 37 percent from 40 percent in the same period.
The 4G network will be based on TD-LTE technology and China Mobile Communications Corp. already finished the first phase trials of the 4G system in six cities using 850 base stations in 2011. The trial was then expanded to seven more cities in the first half of last year and was suppose to reach 20,000 base stations in 13 cities in the next six months after.