China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is set to issue licences for frequency division duplexing Long Term Evolution (FDD-LTE) 4G mobile services to China Telecom and China Unicom on 17 May. According to a report from Xinhuanet suggests that the concessions will initially be limited to providing coverage of just 20 cities. China Telecom and larger rival China Unicom intend to use a mixture of TD-LTE and FDD-LTE technologies for 4G services, whilst market leader China Mobile has focused its efforts entirely on the home-grown TD-LTE platform.
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