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NewsPoster Dec 4, 2013 08:01 AM
China Mobile, China Unicom, China Telecom gain TD-LTE licenses
The three major carriers in China have been issued licenses to operate <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/299781==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/02/29/china.mobile.paves.the.way.for.4g.iphone/" rel='nofollow'>TD-LTE networks</a> in the country. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/299782==http://www.miit.gov.cn/n11293472/n11293832/n11293907/n11368223/15748229.html" rel='nofollow'>provided</a> the licenses to China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom today, which opens the door to Chinese mobile users being able to use faster mobile connections in the future. <br />
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While the TD-LTE licenses is a good start and extremely useful for China Mobile, <em>The Next Web</em> <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/299775==http://thenextweb.com/asia/2013/12/04/chinas-three-major-carriers-finally-get-4g-licenses-government/" rel='nofollow'>reports</a> that China Telecom and China Unicom may be receiving FDD-LTE licenses in the near future, and thanks to TD-LTE's China-specific nature, allows for a wider array of 4G-capable devices to operate on their networks. <br />
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China Mobile is believed to be the most advanced of the three in terms of 4G roll-out, with the company building the network since early 2012. It has also <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/299776==http://www.macnn.com/articles/13/12/03/first.acknowledgement.of.deal.between.apple.and.wo rlds.largest.carrier/" rel='nofollow'>been revealed</a> that a subsidiary of China Mobile started to accept pre-orders for the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/299777==http://www.macnn.com/reviews/apple-iphone-5s.html" rel='nofollow'>iPhone 5s</a> and <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/299778==http://www.macnn.com/reviews/16gb-apple-iphone-5c-in-white.html" rel='nofollow'>iPhone 5c</a> yesterday, an early sign that the carrier and Apple had <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/299779==http://www.electronista.com/articles/11/06/22/suggests.new.chinese.iphone.coverage.soon/" rel='nofollow'>completed an agreement</a> that has taken six years to finalize. China Mobile is thought to have somewhere in the region of 740 million subscribers, and has <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/299780==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/11/26/china.mobile.4g.network.compatible.with.iphone.5c. 5s/" rel='nofollow'>not sold iPhones</a> to customers previously, something which will give Apple a considerable user boost for its smartphone.
 
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