MIIT likely to issue homegrown 4G licenses to all telecom operators
BEIJING, Oct 17, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
An official told the news website
DZHnews.com on Thursday that the Ministry of Industry and Information
Technology (MIIT) had determined to grant the licenses for homegrown
TD-LTE networks to each of the three basic telecom operators in
These will be the first batch of 4G licenses in China. But the
schedule for the issuance has not been determined.
The offcial said the ministry was organizing the three operators,
namely China Mobile (CHL.NYSE; 00941), China Unicom (CHU.NYSE;
00762.HK; 600050.SH) and China Telecom (CHA.NYSE; 00728.HK), and
experts to discuss on the distribution of 4G frequency bands.
But China Unicom had not submitted its demand report yet, he
added. The demand report is also the 4G network construction plan of
a telecom operator.
Previously, industry insiders revealed that the ministry had
completed the distribution of LTE frequency bands. But the official
implied that the distribution was based on the former plan of issuing
one TD-LTE license to China Mobile only. (Edited by Li Xiaoyu,
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