China 4G: opportunities for ICT IndustriesUpdated: 2013-07-30 13:53
International Data Corporation (IDC), a provider of data and advisory services for IT industry, expects that the earliest China will issue its 4G licenses is in September.
Recognizing the potential 4G opportunities, Premier Li Keqiang presided over the State Council executive meeting on July 12, 2013 to plan for information consumption promotion, domestic demand stimulation and economic transformation and upgrading.
According to the meeting, the followings are emphasized to put onto agenda: Accelerate network and communication infrastructure building and upgrading, facilitate fiber-to-the-home to substantially improve the Internet speed; improve 3G network coverage and service quality; push forward 4G license issuance within the year; advance tri-networks integration and rollout across the country within the year, encourage private capital to enter the basic telecom operation market through equity participation. Quicken the establishment of public information service platform, enhance educational and medical resources sharing; popularize resident health cards, and speed up the nationwide interconnection of employment information.
From the beginning of 2013, many media and industry insiders have speculated about when the 4G license will be issued in China, but the speculations have at best been rumors.
As the largest communication market worldwide, the State Council's confirmation of 4G license issuance delivers a strong signal to the depressed Chinese and even the global ICT market that China communication market will be an engine to the development of the global ICT industry.
China 4G license to be issued in September at the earliest Although TD-SCDMA network is operating normally, there are still problems affecting the normal operation. Due to the terminal and network problems, China Mobile, a running elephant at high speed, is being gradually caught up with and surpassed by its direct competitors of China Telecom and China Unicom.
In order to avoid what happened in the 3G era and gain more power for the Chinese mobile communication industry to speak in the global communication industry, the government and China Mobile vigorously expanded the scale and allies of TD-LTE commercial network.
According to the latest China Mobile 4G base station bidding data, China Mobile has already prepared for the 207,000 base stations construction in 31 provinces and municipalities all over the country. At present, there is only one thing that the Chinese 4G industry is waiting for the license.
China 4G license: Opportunities for the ICT industry The issuance of China 4G license and commercialization of networks will directly or indirectly fuel the development of Chinese ICT industry in the following two ways: