China Mobile To Test 4G Network In Six Cities

Chinese state-run wireless carrier China Mobile is preparing to begin testing its 4G network in six Chinese cities.

The company said that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology had given it the go-ahead to perform large-scale tests of its fourth generation mobile wireless technology in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing and Xiamen.

However, the company failed to say exactly when it will be starting the trials.

The Time Division-Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) technology will be tested to determine its commercial prospects and offer demonstrations to global wireless carriers on how they can adopt to and offer the new wireless technology.

Telecom equipment makers Ericsson and Alcatel Lucent, along with Huawei, ZTE and Datang, will partner with China Mobile to test the new network.

Tina Tian, a telecom analyst with Gartner's China division said in a statement to China Daily: “Compared with China Unicom's WCDMA and China Telecom's CDMA2000, China Mobile's TD-SCDMA did not gain the upper hand in the 3G market, so the company has quickened the pace of promoting 4G technology in the hope of maintaining technology superiority”.