China Mobile to begin TD-LTE trials in Q1

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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


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, 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.


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