China Mobile will begin TD-LTE trials in six cities in the first quarter of 2011, indicating the operator is edging closer to a commercial launch.
The operator will deploy over 3,000 TD-LTE base stations – including 2,500 outdoors and 500 indoors – in Beijing, Shanghai, Gaungzhou, Nanjing, Shenzhen and Xiamen.
China Mobile will use the 1.9GHz frequency band for the outdoor networks, while the indoor networks, will run on the 2.3 GHz band, according to ccid.com.
Yu Shengduo, a director at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said the MIIT has completed tests on 2.6-GHz TD-LTE equipment and chips, and is now focusing on 2.3GHz TD-LTE gear.
According to ccid.com, companies like Samsung, Qualcomm and ZTE have been actively involved in tests of the TD-LTE chipset.
China Mobile, which ran a TD-LTE trial network during this year’s Shanghai Expo, had earlier said it planned to launch TD-LTE in the third quarter of 2011 but the plan was reportedly postponed to 2012 due to slow development of chipsets and handsets.
To speed up TD-LTE chip and handset development, China Mobile has reinforced its partnership with OEMs, handset makers and chipset manufacturers in Taiwan.