From K J M Varma Beijing, Dec 20 (PTI) China's largest telecommunication service provider, China Mobile, has said that it will have around 250 million 4G customers in 2015. China's 4G is powered by the homegrown Time-Division Long-Term Evolution (TD-LTE) technology, one of the two major international standards in the mobile telecom industry, the other being Frequency Division Duplex (FDD-LTE).
"The TD-LTE sector is maturing and increasingly accepted by more telecom companies. Given this, we aim to increase our 4G users to 250 million in 2015 by increasing the number of our 4G base stations to 1 million to enhance coverage," Chief Executive Officer, China Mobile, Li Yue said yesterday.
The company has experienced robust 4G business growth in 2014 and had over 50 million 4G users at the end of October, Li said during a global cooperation partners conference held by the company in Guangzhou.
China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua said 2014 was the start of the 4G era for the company, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. He said the company has 7,00,000 4G base stations currently under construction and that they would be complete by the end of 2014. He also said that the company would have almost 80 million 4G customers by year end.
The company has 42 TD-LTE commercial networks worldwide, allowing users to access 4G services in 26 countries and regions, Xi said.