[China] China market: TD-LTE development likely to slow down
China Mobile's development of the locally-developed TD-LTE may be forced to slow down as China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) may wait another two to three years before considering issuing 4G licenses, according to industry sources.

China Mobile will have to expand its network of TD-SCDMA, a locally-developed 3G standard, from about 200,000 base stations around China currently to 400,000 before MIIT may consider giving it a 4G license, the sources said.

In its efforts to promote TD-LTE, China Mobile has been setting up TD-LTE trial networks in more than 10 cities in China and plans to gradually upgrade its TD-SCDMA base stations to TD-LTE ones, the sources said.

Although China Mobile has been pushing TD-LTE in overseas markets, the adoption of TD-LTE by telecom carriers has significantly lagged behind that of FDD (frequency division duplexing) LTE, the sources indicated.
Source: Digitimes