Chinese Minister of Industry and Information Technology Miao Wei has stated that China won’t launch commercial 4G mobile services nationwide until 2014.
Mobile operators worldwide are upgrading to 4G networks to fuel growth. 4G services offer faster data speeds and higher revenue per user than the more widely available 3G services.
According to Miao, China will need three to five years to start large-scale commercial use of 4G services, slowed by the country’s promotion of a 4G technology called TD-LTE that isn’t yet fully mature. Local operator China Mobile Ltd. is likely to adopt the TD-LTE standard for 4G services but China may also allow carriers to adopt a different standard. It is also obvious that the Chinese government doesn’t want to adopt a 4G service too soon as that would disrupt the carriers’ efforts to develop 3G services further.
As per reports, China’s government and its three big mobile operators, China Mobile, China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. and China Telecom Corp., invested billions of Yuan to build 3G networks after China launched 3G services in 2009.