China Mobile to procure tri-mode 4G terminals in early 2014
BEIJING, Dec 02, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
China's largest telecom operator China
Mobile (CHL.NYSE; 00941.HK) will likely begin to procure 4G terminal
products that support three telecom modes, GSM, TD-SCDMA and TD LTE,
in early 2014, the telecom news portal c114.net reported on Tuesday.
An industry insider told the news portal that China Mobile will
adjust its strategy by abandoning the mandatory requirement on its
procurement of 4G terminals.
According to the requirement, China Mobile only procured 4G
terminal products that support five telecom modes, TD-LTE, FDD-LTE,
TD-SCDMA, WCDMA and GSM, in ten frequency bands in its integrated
procurement for 4G terminals that was launched in the second quarter
of this year.
The result of integrated procurement is controversial inside
China's telecom industry, because most domestic chip makers are not
able to meet the mandatory requirement, and about 80 percent orders
were taken by the US-based Qualcomm. Therefore, industry insiders and
experts suggest China Mobile procure low-end tri-mode terminals and
open TD-LTE terminal market wider to domestic enterprises.
In the recent ITU Telecom World 2013 exhibition, China Mobile's
president Li Yue said that 1,000-yuan-level TD-LTE terminals will
become the mainstream on China's market. Analysts said that the
statement indicates the telecom operator has made its decision on
procuring tri-mode terminals.
There are more than 17 chip makers engaged in developing chips for
LTE terminals, including China's Leadcore Technology Co., Ltd. and
Spreadtrum Communications Inc. (SPRD.NASDAQ). But domestic
enterprises have difficulties in competition with overseas
counterparts in developing five-mode chips, due to lack of research
and development experiences in WCDMA and FDD-LTE. (Edited by Li
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