China may allocate 1.4-GHz for TD-LTE

Staff writer
28 Nov 2012

China’s telecom regulator is considering to allocate more radio spectrum for TD-LTE to promote a wider deployment of the Beijing-backed 4G technology.

Kan Runtian, deputy director of State Radio Regulation under the Ministry of Industry and Information, said the regulator may allocate 88MHz spectrum on the 1427MHz-1515MHz frequency band for the deployment of TD-LTE, mainline online media reports.

Kan said the radio regulation department is actively exploring the possibility of deploying TD-LTE on this frequency band as either a public network or a private network.

“TD-LTE has been deployed worldwide, the radio regulation department will continue to support the development of TD-LTE, while promoting the coordinated development of different wireless communication technologies in further scientific planning and rational allocation of radio spectrum resources for different wireless networks,” he said.

Kan’s statement indicates China’s latest efforts in pushing the TD-LTE technology.

The MIIT announced earlier that it will allocate the 190MHz spectrum on the 2500MHz-2690MHz frequency band for TD-LTE deployment. The regulator has also set aside 2x60MHz spectrum on the 1800MHz-2100MHz frequency band which haven’t been allocated for FDD/LTE technology.

To accelerate the commercialization of TD-LTE, the MIIT is also reportedly speeding up its 4G timetable by issuing 4G licenses next year, instead of waiting for another two or three years that it originally planned.

Meanwhile, China Mobile, the main TD-LTE supporter, has also stepped up its efforts in pushing 4G services by picking 16 vendors to supply nearly 35, 000 TD-LTE devices for its 4G trails networks in 13 cities across the country.

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